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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, ISBN 0-932212-98-0. Sapulski, Wayne S., Lighthouses of Lake Michigan: Past and Present ISBN 0-923568-47-6; ISBN 978-0-923568-47-4. Wright, Larry and Wright, Patricia, Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia Hardback ISBN 1-55046-399-3.
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  • A very stately lighthouse, white and well-maintained. But where is the water? Maybe if I Photoshop this edifice to the end of a rocky point it would be more impressive. Best images of it will be in th...  more »
  • Chose a good day to check out the park and the lighthouse. Wasn't able to go in but it looks really well maintained and a nice place to have a picnic.  more »
  • The lighthouse was recently repainted and is a beautiful accent for a walk in the park that borders the lake. It has limited touring hours and we missed those, but the grounds are nice and the story o...  more »
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  • Smart cities take care of their landmarks. This is just one around Milwaukee that is worth visiting. While there, take time to stroll the beautiful path behind it with scenic views of the lake. Then take a slow drive around the neighborhood and admire the gorgeous old homes that are so well taken care of.
  • A fantastic hidden Milwaukee spot! Its a relaxing walk with a few lake views, overall a great escape from the east side hustle and bustle.
  • Nice park to walk through. Not too much to see, but there were a lot of people taking pictures (wedding, glamour shots, etc.). Didn't go into the lighthouse, but it was nice to visit from the outside.
  • Neat lighthouse in the Lakefront park. The building is open only on weekends. The staff is very knowledgable and eager to give a tour of all the displays. The tower actually has an older portion on a newer base. The tower is not to bad to climb, and there is a ladder to get to the very top. There is also a greenhouse effect at the very top. The fog can roll in very quickly.
  • Beautiful area near the lakefront