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North Point Light Station

 
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, September 7, 2011
1. North Point Light Station Marker
Inscription. The North Point Light Station has a long history of guiding mariners to Milwaukee. Its location was chosen to mark the north point of Milwaukee Bay. Erected in 1887 and first lit in 1888, the 39-foot octagonal cast-iron tower replaced an 1855 cream-city brick lighthouse built too close to the eroding bluff. The Queen Anne–style keeper’s dwelling was built at the same time. In 1912 the tower was almost doubled to its present height of 74 feet by lifting the existing tower atop a new structure. This resulted in a light source 154 feet above the level of Lake Michigan visible up to 20 miles away. The United States Coast Guard took the light out of service in 1994. In 2003 the two-acre property was transferred to Milwaukee County. The North Point Lighthouse Friends and Milwaukee County completed restoration of the light station in 2007.
 
Erected 2010 by Wisconsin State Historical Society. (Marker Number 535.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 3.924′ N, 87° 52.257′ W. Marker is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Milwaukee County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Wahl Avenue and North Terrace Avenue, on
North Point Light Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 7, 2011
2. North Point Light Station Marker
East side of light station
the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located within Lake Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2650 N Wahl Ave, Milwaukee WI 53211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of 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); Milwaukee-Downer College (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milwaukee.
 
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location titled “North Point Lighthouse” (Submitted on October 19, 2011.) 

2. North Point Lighthouse Friends, Inc. (Submitted on October 19, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.)
 
Additional keywords. Lighthouses
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
North Point Light Station image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 7, 2011
3. North Point Light Station
West side of light station
North Point Light Station image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 7, 2011
4. North Point Light Station
Museum sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 16, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 480 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 16, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   3, 4. submitted on October 17, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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