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Racine in Racine County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Pier and Boat Rails

 
 
Pier and Boat Rails Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 8, 2013
1. Pier and Boat Rails Marker
Inscription.

East of the oil house are the remains of a T-shaped pier which jutted into the lake. The "Hyacinth", a Coast Guard tender, would dock there periodically to bring supplies, kerosene, the "library book box" and a welcome visit from "Spot", a friendly dalmation dog. A set of small iron rails resembling railroad tracks led from a boathouse on shore to the end of the pier. Since, in the early days of the Wind Point Lighthouse, the roads were rough, rutted and often impassable, the keepers and their families frequently used the light station's boat to row to downtown Racine for church and shopping. The boat was mounted on a trolley cart (see photo) so the keepers could push it on the rails to the end of the pier. They would then use a hoist to lift it from the trolley, swing it over the water and lower it in.
 
Location. 42° 46.866′ N, 87° 45.473′ W. Marker is in Racine, Wisconsin, in Racine County. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Wind Point Lighthouse and can be reached from Village Hall Drive east of Lighthouse Drive. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4731 Village Hall Drive, Racine WI 53402, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fuel House (here, next to this marker);
Pier and Boat Rails and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 8, 2013
2. Pier and Boat Rails and Marker
Schooner Kate Kelly (within shouting distance of this marker); Capstan (within shouting distance of this marker); Fog Horn House (within shouting distance of this marker); Surf Boat Rail (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wind Point Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Cream Brick Cottages / Cream Brick (approx. 2.7 miles away); Gilbert Knapp Park (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Racine.
 
Also see . . .  Friends of the Wind Point Lighthouse. (Submitted on October 10, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Pier Remnants at Wind Point image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 8, 2013
3. Pier Remnants at Wind Point
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 248 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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