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Two Harbors in Lake County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Two Harbors Light Station

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 10, 2014
1. Two Harbors Light Station Marker
Inscription.

After the Minnesota Iron Company began shipping iron ore from the Vermilion Range through the Two Harbors ore docks in 1884, this port far surpassed Duluth in importance. The increased traffic of ore boats, combined with commercial fishing, made navigation extremely hazardous. Many ships went aground or were dashed to bits along the foggy, rocky shoreline of Lake Superior. The Two Harbors Light Station, completed in 1892, alleviated the danger.

It was equipped with a Fourth Order Fresnel Lens, consisting of glass prisms surrounding a light source. The central prism magnified the light, while those above and below refracted it into a single beam. The volatility of kerosene, which originally powered the light source, dictated the design of the keeper's house. The two-story main house is constructed of walls two bricks thick. The walls of the adjoining light tower are three bricks thick, making the wall between five bricks thick. This gave added protection should the kerosene explode.

The fog signal house includes displays depicting the North Shore fishing industry. Also on site is the assistant keeper's house and the restored pilot house from the Frontenac, one of many iron ore boats claimed by treacherous waves on Lake Superior.

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By William Fischer, Jr., October 10, 2014
2. Two Harbors Light Station and Marker
Minnesota's Wild North.
 
Location. 47° 0.827′ N, 91° 39.86′ W. Marker is in Two Harbors, Minnesota, in Lake County. Touch for map. Marker is at the entrance to the Two Harbors Light Station Gift Shop (former Fog Signal Building), at the south end of 3rd Street, near the Agate Bay Breakwater. Marker is in this post office area: Two Harbors MN 55616, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Two Harbors Light Station - Agate Bay (a few steps from this marker); Two Harbors Breakwater (within shouting distance of this marker); Crusader II (within shouting distance of this marker); Agate Bay Commercial Fishing Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Hand Car, Velocipede, Sleigh, Station Wagon (approx. 0.4 miles away); D&IR Railroad Company Sleigh (approx. half a mile away); First Ore Taken From A Minnesota Mine (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named First Ore Taken From A Minnesota Mine (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Two Harbors.
 
Also see . . .
1. Two Harbors Light Station. (Submitted on November 11, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Two Harbors Light Station Bed & Breakfast Lighthouse History. (Submitted on November 11, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Two Harbors Light Station Historic American Engineering Record
Two Harbors Light Station image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 10, 2014
3. Two Harbors Light Station
. (Submitted on November 11, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Two Harbors Lighthouse at Lighthouse Friends. (Submitted on November 11, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 11, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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