Racine in Racine County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Pier and Boat Rails
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); 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 Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.