Mission Point Lighthouse
About 17 miles north of Traverse City at the end of the Old Mission Peninsula, is the Mission Point Lighthouse. The Old Mission Peninsula separates the east and west arms of the Grand Traverse Bay. Built in 1870, the Mission Point Lighthouse is an exact copy of Mama Juda-light on the Detroit River, built in 1866. The Mission Point Lighthouse’s claim to fame is that it is located only a few hundred yards south of the 45th parallel, the halfway point between the North Pole and the Equator. In 1933, the lighthouse was deactivated. Today, the grounds are a small park. The lighthouse and nearby cabin are now a small museum. I visited in July of 2020, so the indoor parts were closed.