Sleeping Bear Point

Chapter 4…

Next stop….Sleeping Bear Point. We actually didn’t set out to go here, but on our way to the dunes we saw a sign. First we stopped to check out the old Glen Haven village. Although once a place where docks supplied fuel to steamers, it quickly became a village of farming, canning fruit and now tourism. There are only a few buildings. One is a general store, the second is an old blacksmith building and the large building on the water is the old cannery. This large building was a warehouse where they canned cherries in the early 1920’s. Today it is used as a small museum of historic boats that were used around Glen Haven.

After our tour of the village we headed just down the street to the old coast guard station and life saving building. Inside the museum Mary showed us all the boats and equipment they used from 1902-1939. The Lyle gun was my favorite. They fired this rescue line to boats in distress and used a pulley system to retrieve a stranded boat. The station moved because the sand dunes started to bury it. Behind the building are the tracks they used to transport the boats to and from the water!

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