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Near Silver Bay in Lake County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Steam Engine Hoist

— Split Rock Lighthouse —

 
 
Steam Engine Hoist Marker image. Click for full size.
July 27, 2022
1. Steam Engine Hoist Marker
Inscription.  
This concrete platform is all that's left of the building that housed the steam hoist engine used to build Split Rock Lighthouse.
Everything needed for building the light station in 1909-10 arrived by boat. The hoist engine powered a winch that was attached to a derrick hanging over the side of the cliff. Supplies (and sometimes people, too) were loaded into a crate, and then slowly winched up to the top.

What happened to the hoist?
The keepers continued to use the hoist until 1915, when a storm blew over the engine. The next year a tramway was built on the other side of the lighthouse. The hoist engine and derrick were dismantled and sold.

You can see a "twin" of the hoist engine in the Visitor Center.

Hoist, derrick, and tramway, circa 1911. MNHS collections.
 
Erected by Minnesota Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1909.
 
Location. 47° 12.025′ N, 91° 21.972′ 
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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, at the Hoist and Derrick 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. The Gales of November (here, next to this marker); Oil House (within shouting distance of this marker); Geology of the Split Rock Region (within shouting distance of this marker); Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Fog Signal (within shouting distance of this marker); Home Away From Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Storage Barn (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.
 
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Steam Engine Hoist Marker & Concrete Platform image. Click for full size.
July 27, 2022
2. Steam Engine Hoist Marker & Concrete Platform
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2022. This page has been viewed 111 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 17, 2022.

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