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Home Away From Home

— Split Rock Lighthouse —

 
 
Home Away From Home Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Home Away From Home Marker
Inscription.  The three houses you see here were built in 1909, and housed the lighthouse keeper, his assistants, and their families in 1910. The keepers lived in these homes until the shipping season ended in December, then wintered in other homes until the shipping season resumed in April. Families didn't live here year-round until the early 1930s.

The houses are sturdy. Each has three layers of exterior brick walls, with an air pocket sandwiched between for insulation. Each of the houses has an identical floor plan, with three bedrooms, an indoor bathroom, living room, dining room, kitchen, and a full basement. While the houses were comfortable, there were still drawbacks to this isolated lifestyle. With cold temperatures came frozen pipes, especially since the water system was above ground. Keepers often went down to the lake with a yoke and hatchet, chipped through the ice, and filled buckets of water for their homes.

Top: Keepers residences, circa 1940. Bottom: Keeper Young and family, circa 1916. MNHS collections.
 
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marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1909.
 
Location. 47° 12.023′ N, 91° 22.029′ 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. 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. Storage Barn (here, next to this marker); Fog Signal (a few steps from this marker); Lighthouse (a few steps from this marker); Oil House (a few steps from 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.
 
Home Away From Home Marker & Keeper's Home image. Click for full size.
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2. Home Away From Home Marker & Keeper's Home
The other two homes image. Click for full size.
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3. The other two homes
The three homes image. Click for full size.
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4. The three homes
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2022. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 14, 2022.

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