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Two Rivers in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Rawley Point Lighthouse

 
 
Rawley Point Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, March 19, 2012
1. Rawley Point Lighthouse Marker
Inscription. On this prominent point of land, a major threat to navigation on Lake Michigan's western shore, Rawley Point Lighthouse was erected in 1894 and is the only one of its kind on the Great Lakes. The tower is a reconstruction and enlargement of an old Chicago River lighthouse that was transported to this location. Standing at 113 feet, this soaring structure is the tallest octagonal skeletal light tower on the Great Lakes and replaced a deteriorated 1874 brick lighthouse whose keeper's quarters remain at the site. The lighthouse is designed with eight corner posts and a complex network of horizontal struts and diagonal tie rods. Rising through the center of the lighthouse is an iron stair cylinder that accesses the top lantern room and gallery. Originally equipped with a Fresnel lens and then an airport beacon light, the lighthouse was manually operated until 1980 when it became fully automated. The present optic system was installed in 1987. The light can be seen by ships 28 miles away.
 
Erected 1995. (Marker Number 325.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 12.678′ N, 87° 30.568′ W. Marker is in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, in
Marker and Lighthouse Viewing Trailhead. image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, March 19, 2012
2. Marker and Lighthouse Viewing Trailhead.
Closer parking to the lighthouse itself is just past the marker to the right.
Manitowoc County. Marker is on Park Road near County Road O, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located within Point Beach State Forest. A state park sticker for free entrance; otherwise you will be charged a "day use" fee, even if you are there for only the few minutes it takes to photograph the marker and the lighthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9400 County Highway O, Two Rivers WI 54241, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Grover/Smith Cabin (approx. 1.3 miles away); Two Rivers' North Pier Lighthouse (approx. 4.8 miles away); Steamer Vernon (approx. 4.8 miles away); Steamer Continental (approx. 4.8 miles away); Schooner Rouse Simmons (approx. 4.8 miles away); Two Rivers War Memorial (approx. 4.9 miles away); St. Luke Catholic Church (approx. 5.1 miles away); St. Luke Rectory (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Two Rivers.
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
Rawley Point Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, March 19, 2012
3. Rawley Point Lighthouse
View from end of lighthouse viewing trail.
The Lighthouse and Living Quarters. image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, March 19, 2012
4. The Lighthouse and Living Quarters.
View from closest parking area. Looking East.
Looking North. image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, March 19, 2012
5. Looking North.
Looking West image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, March 19, 2012
6. Looking West
The Lighthouse. image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, March 19, 2012
7. The Lighthouse.
Rawley Point Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Bob (peach) Weber, July 23, 2012
8. Rawley Point Lighthouse
Lighthouse Keepers Memorial. image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, March 19, 2012
9. Lighthouse Keepers Memorial.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2012, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. This page has been viewed 452 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on July 28, 2012, by Melinda Roberts of De Pere, United States. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 19, 2012, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona.   8. submitted on July 29, 2012, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona.   9. submitted on March 19, 2012, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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