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North Point Lighthouse

 
 
North Point Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, October 13, 2009
1. North Point Lighthouse Marker
Inscription. Milwaukee’s first lighthouse was erected in 1837 on a 56 foot bluff at the east end of Wisconsin Ave. It was replaced in 1855 by a 28 foot tower 100 feet east of the present location. Erosion forced the rebuilding in the 1870’s and relocation inland. Construction was entirely of bolted cast iron sections. In 1912, a steel plate lower section was built and the iron tower placed on top, giving the light a height of 160 feet above the lake.

The first lantern burned mineral oil. A new lens, installed in 1868, is still in use. The present light source is a 25,000 candlepower lamp rotated electrically and controlled by an automatic clock. The lens focuses a 1,300,000 candlepower signal visible for 25 miles.
 
Erected 1975 by United States Coast Guard and Milwaukee County Historical Society. (Marker Number 214.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 43° 3.929′ N, 87° 52.257′ W. Marker was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker could be reached from North Lake Drive ¼ mile south of Kenwood Boulevard. Touch for map. The Marker is
North Point Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, October 13, 2009
2. North Point Lighthouse Marker
with "Open Saturday" sign
located at the Lighthouse at Lake Park, on the lake side of the lighthouse. Marker was in this post office area: Milwaukee WI 53211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. North Point Light Station (a few steps from this marker); Prehistoric Burial Mound (approx. 0.4 miles away); Saint Mary's School of Nursing (approx. half a mile away); Saint John's Infirmary (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old North Point Water Tower (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lake Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Villa Terrace (approx. ¾ mile away); The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milwaukee.
 
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one named North Point Light Station (see nearby markers).
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
North Point Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, October 13, 2009
3. North Point Lighthouse
Looking toward the lighthouse from the south east.
North Point Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Paul F, October 13, 2009
4. North Point Lighthouse
Looking at the lighthouse from Lake Drive.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 605 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 23, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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