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      Lighting Lake Superior for over 130 years

      Since the first Au Sable Day in 1996, hundreds have put the 86-foot high light station on their list of sights to see in Upper Michigan.

      "We're from Connecticut and about 12 years ago we went to Mackinac and ran out of time," said Judy Sulik, "always wanted to come here, so we decided we would take a weekend and come exploring."

      On Saturday, tourists learned the life of lighthouse keepers and were allowed to climb the dozens of stairs for the breathtaking view.

      Michael Greuneke, a visitor from Madison, Wisconsin, thought the tours were "very interesting."

      "A lot of shipwrecks out here. Very, very cool," said Greuneke.

      Before it was built, there wasn't a single light for 80 miles. To mariners, Au Sable Point was known as Graveyard coast; a hazardous stretch of Lake Superior swarming with intense storms, high reefs, fog, and iron ore deposits that would corrupt any compass. Finally in 1872, the cries of captains were answered and the Light Station was constructed.

      "We're celebrating 139 years of this light shining out over the lake, warning mariners of a really treacherous coast," said Park Ranger Sandra Weaver. "We have 45 shipwrecks just along the Pictured Rocks coastline."

      Ships may have been lost, but their stories will live on forever at the Historic Au Sable Light Station, whose doors are still open and light continues to shine bright.