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Oil House

— Split Rock Lighthouse —

 
 
Oil House Marker image. Click for full size.
July 27, 2022
1. Oil House Marker
Inscription.  Between the lighthouse's kerosene lantern and the fog signal's gasoline engines, Split Rock needed a ready supply of fuel. The sturdy, fire-resistant oil house was built to store that fuel safely. The 16-inch-thick walls are made from poured cement reinforced with steel bars spaced a foot apart. The door is made from a quarter-inch-thick steel plate.

In 1940, a rural power line brought electricity to Split Rock. With less fuel storage needed, the oil house's function changed. The Coast Guard used the oil house to store paint and tools.

The tramway and oil house, circa 1911. MNHS collections.
 
Erected by Minnesota Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications. A significant historical year for this entry is 1940.
 
Location. 47° 12.02′ N, 91° 22.013′ W. Marker is near Silver Bay, Minnesota, in Lake County. Marker can be reached from Split Rock Lighthouse Road, half a mile south of North Shore Scenic Drive (State Highway 61). Located at the Split Rock Lighthouse Historic Site. Touch for map
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. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Rd, Two Harbors MN 55616, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lighthouse (a few steps from this marker); Fog Signal (a few steps from this marker); Home Away From Home (a few steps from this marker); Storage Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Steam Engine Hoist (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gales of November (within shouting distance of this marker); Geology of the Split Rock Region (within shouting distance of this marker); Anchor of the Madeira (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Bay.
 
Also see . . .  Split Rock Lighthouse. (Submitted on August 13, 2022.)
 
Oil House & Marker image. Click for full size.
July 27, 2022
2. Oil House & Marker
Panoramic photo of the oil house's interior image. Click for full size.
July 27, 2022
3. Panoramic photo of the oil house's interior
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 13, 2022. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 13, 2022.

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