Tawas Point Light Station
in 1850 the U.S. Lighthouse Service commissioned a light station to safely guide ships into Tawas Bay. The first light station was built in 1852 at the end of Tawas Point, then know as Ottawa Point. The prisms of its fifth-order Fresnel lens the magnified the light making it visible to mariners up to ten miles away. Keepers lived on-site to maintain the station and refuel the light using lard oil. By 1873 shifting sands had extended to point far from the first light, rendering it ineffective. It was replaced in 1876 with this sixty-seven foot tower, built on a shoal at the point's end and protected by rock-filled timber cribs. A life-saving station was built nearby. The lens was replaced in 1892 with a larger fourth-order Fresnel lens, which increased the light's range to sixteen miles.