The Point Oneida district of the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore was home to many farms begun in the second half of the 19th century. The farms passed down through generations until, in the 1970s, the federal government acquired them as part of the Lakeshore. Many of the farm buildings still stand, but there are also other artifacts hidden among the grasses and woods. I went looking for this Buick Eight in the hills above the Martin Basch farm. I haven’t been able to precisely identify the model or year, but have narrowed it to around 1952-53.
The “Big Lake” has been angry the past few days, with red flags warning swimmers not to go into the water. The lake has, sadly, claimed 19 people so far this year. These photos taken yesterday at the Point Betsie lighthouse show the power and the beauty of the lake.
The Point Betsie lighthouse before dawn.