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The North Point Lighthouse built in 1888 in Lake Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to mark the entrance to the Milwaukee River.

The 40 foot (12 meters) cast-iron lighthouse tower was built 100 feet (30 meters) from the edge of the bluff and the Queen Anne-style light keeper's quarters was built. Eventually trees in the park obstructed the light from the view of ships, so in 1912 the tower was dismantled and a riveted steel addition was erected and the original 1888 section was placed on top raising its height to 74 feet (23 meters) and light focal plane to 154 feet (47 meters).

The first 1888 lantern burned mineral oil. It was converted to coal gas in 1912 and electrified in 1929. The lens focused a 1,300,000 candlepower signal visible for 25 miles (40 km). The Coast Guard decommissioned the lighthouse in 1994. In 2003 Milwaukee County leased the lighthouse and keepers quarters to the North Point Lighthouse Friends and they began restoration of the tower and keepers quarters. A $984,000 grant was used to restore the light station and it re-opened to the public as a maritime museum in 2007.

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Additional Photos by Zbigniew Kalinowski (fotka) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 659 W: 10 N: 1972] (8317)
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