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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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  • groupon deal, other wise $8.00 per adult (2017) Cute little lighthouse with lots of history. stairs and ladder to reach the top of the lighthouse.  more »
  • we used our gps to get to this address. when we arrived we did not see a lighthouse or any signs for one. There was no one around to ask.  more »
  • Cute little lighthouse. It is located near Lake Michigan, but not located right on the water. It is located within the park. Our tour guide had told us it use to be closer to the water, but had to be ...  more »
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  • Beautiful old lighthouse ... riveted steel I think. Very interesting. Lovely grounds.
  • A beautiful setting...lighthouse, park, trails, etc. Will definitely come back here again next summer.
  • Great view. staff very helpful and informative. Recommend seeing this.
  • 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.
  • 5.00tours real interesting story

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