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

The Wind Point Lighthouse

 
 
The Wind Point Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, July 28, 2009
1. The Wind Point Lighthouse Marker
West side of two sided marker
Inscription. To assist navigation around the point into Racine harbor, the Wind Point Lighthouse began functioning in 1880 with a kerosene lamp, focused and magnified by a third order Fresnel lens. Its light could be seen for 19 miles.

At 108 feet, it is one of the tallest and oldest lighthouses still serving navigation on the Great Lakes. Its fog horns, which last sounded in 1964, could be heard for 10 miles.

In recognition of the key role this lighthouse has played in the maritime history of Racine County, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

In 1997, the National Park Service awarded ownership of the property to the Village of Wind Point. The Coast Guard still maintains the light as a public navigation aid.

Erected in 2002 by Friends of the Wind Point Lighthouse
in memory of Judge Richard G. Harvey, Jr.
 
Erected 2002 by Friends of the Wind Point Lighthouse. (Marker Number 479.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 46.873′ N, 87° 45.505′ W. Marker is in Wind Point, Wisconsin, in Racine County. Marker can be reached from Village Hall Drive east
The Wind Point Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, July 28, 2009
2. The Wind Point Lighthouse Marker
East side of two sided marker
of Lighthouse Drive. Touch for map. 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); Pier and Boat Rails (within shouting distance of this marker); Fog Horn House (within shouting distance of this marker); Capstan (within shouting distance of this marker); Schooner Kate Kelly (within shouting distance of this marker); Surf Boat Rail (within shouting distance of this marker); Cream Brick Cottages / Cream Brick (approx. 2.7 miles away); Gilbert Knapp Park (approx. 3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Lighthouse Friends.Com. The website of the Friends of the Lighthouse with information and photos. (Submitted on August 12, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
The Wind Point Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, July 28, 2009
3. The Wind Point Lighthouse
The Wind Point Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 8, 2013
4. The Wind Point Lighthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 618 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 10, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on October 10, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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