Split Rock Lighthouse, Lake County, Minnesota

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Split Rock Lighthouse

Sectional elevation of Split Rock Lighthouse
Split Rock Lighthouse with lit beacon
Location of Structure: On the North Shore of Lake Superior, 20 miles north of Two Harbors, MN on MN Highway 61.
Two Harbors, Minnesota
Lake County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1910
Builder: United States Lighthouse Service
Historic Function: Lighthouse
Current Function of Structure: Other
Other Structure Function: Museum

Two Harbors Lake

Split Rock Lighthouse, Lake County, Minnesota
(47.098993003186° N, 91.541347503662° WLatitude: 47°5′56.375″N
Longitude: 91°32′28.851″W
National Register of Historic Places Information
Reference URL: [Reference]
Certification date: June 23, 1969
Level of significance: State

After severe storms caused catastrophic shipping losses on Lake Superior's North Shore in 1905, congress authorized the building of new lighthouses on the lake. The Split Rock light was completed in 1910 and remained in service until 1969 when modern navigational aids made it obsolete. With the completion of the North Shore highway to the area in 1924, the lighthouse, with its spectacular views of the lake and shoreline, became a popular tourist stop. Obtained by the State of Minnesota in 1971, the lighthouse and its supporting buildings are operated as an historic site by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Every year on November 10th, the navigational beacon at Split Rock Lighthouse is lit in memory of the 29 men who perished on the ore boat, Edmund Fitzgerald; and for all other vessels lost on the Great Lakes.

The "Fitz" sank when hit by a violent storm on Lake Superior in 1975.


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