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Lighthouses Of Minnesota

Updated on August 30, 2012

Honoring National Lighthouse Day

I've created this lens to honor National Lighthouse Day which is August 7. I've chosen to focus on the two most popular lighthouses in my home state of Minnesota. Minnesota doesn't have much open water around it, so there are really only two major lighthouses here. One is the Split Rock Lighthouse, and the other one is the Two Harbors Lighthouse.

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Split Rock Lighthouse

The Split Rock Lighthouse is located in Silver Bay, Minnesota on the North Shore of Lake Superior. It was designed by Ralph Russell, and the United States Lighthouse Service built it in 1910 at a cost of $75,000. It was first lit on July 31, 1910. It's built on a 130-ft (40m) cliff that has been carved out by erosion on Lake Superior. It was deactivated in 1969, and is now run by the Historical Society of Minnesota. It is still lit to this day every November 10 in honor of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, made famous by the Gordon Lightfoot song.

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Famous Song

Here's a couple of choices for the song made famous by Gordon Lightfoot.

Two Harbors Lighthouse

Two Harbors Lighthouse overlooks Agate Bay in Two Harbors, MN. It's construction began in 1891, and was finished in 1892. This light was first lit on April 14, 1892. Three keepers were usually assigned to it to make sure it was lit 24 hours a day. This light had the unique feature of having a foghorn as well. In 1939, the US Coast Guard replaced the original Fresnal lens with automated beacons. The Historical Society of MN took over the responsibility of the light in 2001. It's also listed in the National Registry Of Historic Places.

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How To Find Them

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A markerSplit Rock Lighthouse, Silver Bay, MN -
Split Rock Lighthouse, Silver Bay, MN
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B markerTwo Harbors Lighthouse, Two Harbors, MN -
Two Harbors Lighthouse, Two Harbors, MN
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Thanks for dropping by. I hope you enjoyed my little celebration of National Lighthouse Day.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      The pigeon point lighthouse looks exactly the way most of us think kighthouses are supposed to look!

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      orange3 lm 6 years ago

      Split Rock Lighthouse looks beautiful.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Unique lens topic. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I love lighthouses. Thanks for showing me those in Minnesota. Blessed