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Eagle Bluff Lighthouse-Wisconsin

Updated on November 9, 2014

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse- Guiding Ships in the Great Lakes

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse played an important part in the shipping history of the Great Lakes. Built in 1868, on the shore of Peninsula Park it was needed to guide ships through one of the major shipping canals between Green Bay and points north and east.

Today it has been completely restored and is open to the public. A lighthouse rich in history, the tour guides delight in telling stories of the past and of the light keepers who lived in the house for 58 years.

In this lens I will show photographs that I took of the lighthouse and the surrounding area. I will also try to give you a sense of the history and the people who lived in the lighthouse.

Eagle Bluff constructed of Cream colored Bricks - Original cost $12,000

At the time the lighthouse was built in 1868 the area around Eagle Bluff was a wilderness. The building materials were brought in by boat from Detroit, Michigan.

Tower was equiped with Fresnel Lens - Eagle Bluff was medium sized Lens

In the early years the lamp was ran by various oils and then later by kerosene. The lighthouses of today are now operated by either electricity or solar power. Since Eagle Bluff still does not have electricity the beam shines across the bay each night powered by a small solar panel that is on the top of the tower.

View from Lighthouse Grounds

This is a beautiful view of the bay as seen from the lighthouse grounds.

Lighthouse Keeper and his wife raise Seven Boys in small keeper House in Remote area.

Three Families tend Lighthouse - Lighthouse Keepers and Family

The lighthouse was tended to by three different families during the years from 1868 till 1926, when the light became automated. The website for the lighthouse gives several details on the families that lived in the lighthouse EagleBluffLighthouse.org.

The first 15 years, the Stanley family were the keepers of the light. From 1883 to 1918 the Duclon family which included William and Julia and their seven sons were the lighthouse keepers. On the tour the guides tell of the Duclon family and how they raised their sons in the isolated area around the lighthouse.

The living quarters of the lighthouse has a kitchen, living/dining room, parlor music room, master bedroom and a hallway leading to the tower. On the second floor was a sewing room and a large bedroom where all seven boys slept.

It must have been an interesting life at the lighthouse. The boys were all musically inclined and as they grew older they entertained at various gatherings throughout Door County.

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse open to Public - Tours are conducted of the Lighthouse

The lighthouse was selected to be completely restored in 1960. This restoration took 4 years to complete and was carefully researched each step of the way. The Door County Historical Society was in charge of the restoration. An interesting fact was that they involved one of the lighthouse keepers sons to help them with the restoration by providing details of how the house was originally furnished. More information is available on the restoration at EagleBluffLighthouse.org.

Today vistors enjoy seeing the restored lighthouse and hearing the stories of the past.

American Lighthouses - a good reference book on lighthouses

I do a lot of my research on the internet, but I find that it is still good to have a paper copy of a book handy for easy reference.

This is the book that I would recommend for anyone interested in lighthouses. It has a wonderful variety of lighthouses from around the USA. Each lighthouses is captured in a photograph and there is a short paragraph describing the lighthouse. In addition there are travel directions for each lighthouse.

Ship's Anchor sits on Lighthouse Grounds

This anchor sits outside the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse to remind visitors of the ships that the lighthouse protects.

Peninsula Park Views - Eagle Panaroma

The park provides great places to view the bay. This sign leads to a lookout tower.

View of Bay from Peninsula Park

Eagle Bluff lighthouse is on the grounds of Peninsula Park. The park is a wonderful 3776 acres state park. It is a popular camping destination with 468 campsites.

Besides the lighthouse, the park also has a 18 hole golf course and a Musical Theatre.


Decorating with Lighthouses - Popular decorating theme

Lighthouse decorating has become very popular. Choose from these wonderful accessories with a lighthouse theme.

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse - Working to keep ships safe for 9 decades

Eagle Bluff Lighthouse is still in operation today, although it no longer needs a lighthouse keeper. It was among the first of the American lighthouses to be automated in 1909.

Great Lakes Lighthouse Gifts - Vote for your Favorite Lighthouse Gift

Vote for one of these lighthouse gifts or add a selection of your own.

Thirstystone Stoneware Coaster Set, Great Lakes Lighthouses
Thirstystone Stoneware Coaster Set, Great Lakes Lighthouses

Description:Set of 4 Absorbent CoastersCork-backed to protect furnitureLarge surface area (4.5 inches in diameter) to catch more dripsPrinted and packaged in the USA (no decals)

 
Pure Country Lighthouses of the Great Lakes II Blanket Tapestry Throw
Pure Country Lighthouses of the Great Lakes II Blanket Tapestry Throw

The most famous and loved lighthouses of the Great Lakes are displayed on this throw. They are overlaid on an antique map of that region in a soothing green.

 
Set of Four Lighthouse I Occasions Drink Coasters - Style VJP3
Set of Four Lighthouse I Occasions Drink Coasters - Style VJP3

Description:Set of 4 Absorbent CoastersCork-backed to protect furnitureLarge surface area (4.5 inches in diameter) to catch more dripsPrinted and packaged in the USA (no decals)

 

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I love your photographs. You always have such amazing photos on your articles. It is like being there.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Such peaceful pictures...l'd love to visit!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I am glad that they restored this beautiful Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Wisconsin

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      This is looking great and different vs. classical Lighthouse. It is also in great condition for a building built in 1868.

      It is a great piece of history. Blessings!

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      What a beautiful place!

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      Interesting history on this lighthouse. I'll be there was a lot of music emanating across the water when the Duclon family resided there.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wow! Beautiful Restored Lighthouse!

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      I love lighthouses in general and have enjoyed yours as well.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      You visit the most interesting and beautiful places. Also I love Lighthouses. Thank you for the lens.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      What a fascinating and unusual lighthouse. Sure seems like it would be easier for the lighthouse keeper to have his home right there, but that is a lot of people to cram into the one little house. Totally awesome!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love this cute lighthouse! Your photos make it look very special.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      You've been blessed by a Squid Angel, and this lens was included in Another Day of One Hundred Squid Angel Blessings.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Had to stop by and see another of your great lighthouse sites, always a joy, 5 stars and a favorite from me. Thanks for so many fun lense's.

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      wayfarer lm 8 years ago

      Door County is the best! Your pics are so wonderful. They bring back such dear memories. 5 stars!