Manistique Lighthouse, MI
Ask Bill Collins why he just purchased his second lighthouse, the Manistique East Breakwater Lighthouse. Although the city of Manistique, Michigan could have acquired the lighthouse free of charge under the National Lighthouse Preservation Act, the city refused. So the government put the lighthouse up for auction to the highest bidder, and Mr. Colllins won the bid for $15,000. Why did he want the lighthouse when the city didn’t? As a child growing up on Lake Erie, he developed a fondness for lighthouses, so for the second time this year, having purchased the Liston Rear Range Lighthouse in Delaware for 22,000. , he bought another one to save and preserve for future generations.
The 1899 Orient Point Lighthouse of New York was recently auctioned off for the second time and sold for $252,000. This lighthouse had once been considered so worthless, the Navy was going to blow it up in a demolition exercise. But a huge public outcry prevented the activity, so the Coast Guard spruced it up. And in 1999, a celebration was held to honor the lighthouse’ss 100 years of service. However, a few years later, the lighthouse was abandoned to the elements and began to deteriorate.