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Near Baileys Harbor in Door County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Baileys Harbor Lower Range Light

 
 
Baileys Harbor Lower Range Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber
1. Baileys Harbor Lower Range Light Marker
Inscription.
This lower rangelight and the upper rangelight residence, 950 feet inland, were built by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1869. The upper rangelight also served as the lighthouse keepers residence and is 15 feet taller than the lower tower. this enabled ships entering the harbor to align the lights at night and the towers during the day preventing them from running aground on hidden reefs near the harbor entrance. The lanterns were originally fueled by lard or whale oil, then by kerosene and later by acetylene gas. Both rangelights were converted to electricity and automatic controls in the early 1930's and were inactivated in 1969 when the single rangelight across the road was put into service.
 
Erected 1981 by Door County Historical Society.
 
Location. 45° 4.211′ N, 87° 7.089′ W. Marker is near Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin, in Door County. Marker is on Ridges Road 0.3 miles east of Wisconsin Highway 57, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. This will take you to both the upper and lower range lights. Marker is in this post office area: Baileys Harbor WI 54202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. August Zahn Residence (approx. 0.4 miles away); Schooner Christina Nilsson
Lower Range Light image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber
2. Lower Range Light
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Baileys Harbor Town Marina (approx. 0.4 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); 8068 Hwy. 57 (approx. 0.6 miles away); 8064 Hwy. 57 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Steamer Frank O'Connor (approx. 3.7 miles away); Halfway to the North Pole (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baileys Harbor.
 
Also see . . .
1. Range Lights, Baileys Harbor. In 1867, the Inspector for the 11th Lighthouse District reported that Baileys Harbor was the only harbor refuge north of Milwaukee and that the approach to the harbor was marked by the Baileys Harbor Light on the east side of the harbor. It was also reported that the numerous shoals at the harbor's entrance made navigation difficult during the day and almost impossible at night. To correct the situation, the Inspector recommended constructing range lights on the west shore of the harbor to make entrance into the harbor easier and safer. (Submitted on December 24, 2010.) 

2. Baileys Harbor Range Lighthouses. Located
Upper Range Light image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber
3. Upper Range Light
within the boundaries of The Ridges Sanctuary are the Baileys Harbor Range Lights. Built in 1869, the Range Lights were a simple, yet effective way to keep ships off the treacherous reefs and shallows at the entrance to Baileys Harbor. From the water, a sailor got “on range” by lining up vertically the white light in the Upper Range Light with the Lower Range Light’s red beacon.
(Submitted on December 24, 2010.) 

3. Wikipedia Article - Baileys Harbor Range Lights. (Submitted on December 24, 2010.)
4. Lighthouse Friends. Bailey's Harbor Lighthouse (Submitted on September 11, 2013, by Trevor Morris of Fond du lac, Wisconsin.) 
 
Additional keywords. Lighthouse, Baileys Harbor Ridges Park, Ridges Park, The ridges
 
Categories. LandmarksWaterways & Vessels
 
The Walkway Between the Lower and Upper Range Lights image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, August 20, 2010
4. The Walkway Between the Lower and Upper Range Lights
Upper Range Light and Residence image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, August 20, 2010
5. Upper Range Light and Residence
Baileys Harbor Lower Range Light and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 6, 2015
6. Baileys Harbor Lower Range Light and Marker
Baileys Harbor Lower Range Light image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 6, 2015
7. Baileys Harbor Lower Range Light
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. This page has been viewed 611 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on December 23, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 13, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona.   4. submitted on December 18, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona.   5. submitted on December 23, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona.   6, 7. submitted on October 24, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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