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North Point Lighthouse, Milwaukee

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The North Point Light is a lighthouse located in Lake Park on the East Side of Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States.The lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 as reference #84003732. It was also added to the Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey as survey HABS WI-358.It replaced a previous Cream City brick lighthouse constructed in 1855 that was located too close to the edge of the eroding bluff. In 1888 a cast-iron lighthouse was built, but this tower was not tall enough and was placed on top of a steel structure in 1912 raising its height to and light focal plane to. The tower underwent restoration in 2005.The first lantern burned mineral oil. A new lens, installed in 1868, is still in use. The present light source is a 25,000 candlepower lamp rotated electrically and controlled by an automatic time clock. The lens focuses a 1,300,000 candlepower signal visible for.A $984,000 grant was used to restore the light and to open it to the public.Specialized Additional reading Havighurst, Walter The Long Ships Passing: The Story of the Great Lakes, Macmillan Publishers. Oleszewski, Wes, Great Lakes Lighthouses, American and Canadian: A Comprehensive Directory/Guide to Great Lakes Lighthouses, . Sapulski, Wayne S., Lighthouses of Lake Michigan: Past and Present ;. Wright, Larry and Wright, Patricia, Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia Hardback .
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  • Although the lighthouse was closer we still enjoyed walking around it and enjoyed the grounds. It’s a beautiful lighthouse. Would love to have walked up the lighthouse and checked out their museum. I....  more
    Although the lighthouse was closer we still enjoyed walking around it and enjoyed the grounds. It’s a beautiful lighthouse. Would love to have walked up the lighthouse and checked out their museum. I....  more »
  • O Lu reason I have 4 stars was because of the limited hours. We are o Lu in town during the week, so unable to visit inside. The outside is well maintained and clean. 
    O Lu reason I have 4 stars was because of the limited hours. We are o Lu in town during the week, so unable to visit inside. The outside is well maintained and clean.  more »
  • Wonderful experience. Knowledgeable and friendly staff that made our snowy day visit interesting and fun. Absolutely worth the visit. The surrounding park is also nice and the outside provides... 
    Wonderful experience. Knowledgeable and friendly staff that made our snowy day visit interesting and fun. Absolutely worth the visit. The surrounding park is also nice and the outside provides...  more »
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  • A great little spot packed with local history. Decently priced tickets, a must visit on any weekend visit. Be sure you're ready to climb up the lighthouse!
  • I recommend doing the light house tour. Gives you a great view of the city and Lake Michigan. The museum was pretty cool too.
  • First light house ever to visit on the Great Lakes and was not disappointed. Its very well kept, views of the shoreline and Lake Michigan is well worth the climb. History told in museum is very interesting and staff were very helpful.
  • The christmas lights and the winter really make this place a different kind of beautiful. Going back in aug. The staff was so sweet. Climbing the tower was so nice, and the stories of the light keepers were something i wish was taught more for kids in this area.
  • Beautiful location. Plan to spend at least two to three hours here. The lighthouse is very well kept up. It's very clean. All the way around the gardens are beautiful. The have walking trails around the lighthouse beautiful bridges lions on the gates, cherry trees that go into bloom absolutely beautiful. The museum, it's totally worth the tour. You learn a lot about the lighthouse and the history of it, and it's absolutely beautifully put together all the way around five stars. I can't remember the name of the gentleman that helped us and the lady that gave us the tours. I feel so awful. They were so sweet to us and gave us some referrals to go see some other fun to her sites around the area as well. But one thing I have to say is make sure to pick up your light house passport. I think this is such a cool program to have. So as you two are the lighthouses you get stamps in your passport. And don't forget to count the steps on the way up to the lighthouse. We kind of forgot as soon as we got to the top cuz it was so mesmerizing

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