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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  • If you like lighthouses, you will love this one! It is in a beautiful area and has a great view from the tower. The gentleman who was our docent, was amazing! He had so much factual information on the...  more »
  • We did not go inside but the a few was beautiful. Nice park t ride bikes or walk. A fun place to go too.  more »
  • This is a beautiful lighthouse. The museum portion was closed the day we visited. Nice walkways and paths along the water to explore.  more »
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  • The Search for Wisconsin’s Lights Since my arrival in Wisconsin four days ago, I am looking forward to some new discoveries in a state I vaguely know. One of the key things on my list will be the search for lighthouses along the lakes. Today, my trek took me into Milwaukee County to view the 1888 North Point Lighthouse and climb the 84 steps. At first as I neared my destination, I thought my GPS got it all wrong when I viewed the splendid homes in the area. In the past, most of the lighthouses I found were located near vast wilderness of trees, rocky cliffs or at the end of breakers. Before disappointment could set in, the gleaming white tower and museum appeared from the surrounding trees in the nearby park. It was 11 in the morning and the doors would not open until 1:00. I took the opportunity to get some great photos from different angles and to explore the grounds. Located in an area called Lake Park, you feel as though you may be standing in New York’s Central Park. Fredrick Law Olmsted designed that famous landmark and that of the 1893 Chicago Exposition and was commissioned for the work of Lake Park. Lion Bridges join the north and south sections of the park as the lighthouse remains the beacon that overlooks Lake Michigan. You will learn the history of several lighthouse keepers including Georgia Stebbins, a woman who is reported to have held the position the longest, tending to the light by climbing the stairs an estimated 63,800 times. Overall: You are required to sign a waiver prior to climbing the lighthouse stairs. Don’t miss a short drive down to the lake for a relaxing view.
  • I f your into lighthouses, this is a must see, the staff are very knowledgeable and can answer all of the questions you may have. A great piece of local history.
  • Beautiful place, the house was closed when I was there, but I still browse around for 30 min.(it was really cold), it was amazing experience.
  • Beautiful old lighthouse ... riveted steel I think. Very interesting. Lovely grounds.
  • Love it..it's just beautiful even in the rain
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