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Spectacle Reef

Spectacle Reef is located in northern Lake Huron at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac. It consists of two limestone shoals that roughly resemble a pair of eyeglasses. Construction on the lighthouse began in 1870 and was spread over four summers. This lighthouse is considered to be the most expensive ever built on the Great Lakes, costing a total of $406,000. The last keepers were removed in 1972. In 2020, ownership was transferred to the Spectacle Reef Preservation Society. The society is in the process of restoring the facility for use as a museum and a resident keepers program is being considered. Sheplar's has run lighthouse tours for many years that include this lighthouse on their tours.
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Category:Architecture and Structures
Subcategory:Lighthouses
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Keywords:Great Lakes, Lake Huron, Lake Huron Circle Tour, Marblehead limestone, Michigan, Spectacle Reef, Spectacle Reef Lighthouse, Spectacle Reef Preservation Society, Straits of Mackinac, historic building, historic structure, lake, lake life, lighthouse, limestone, reef, shoal, tourism, tourist destination, travel, vacation

Spectacle Reef