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SPLIT ROCK LIGHT

State: MINNESOTA
Location: NORTH SHORE OF LAKE SUPERIOR
Nearest City: BEAVER BAY
County: LAKE
U.S.C.G. District: 9
Year Station Established: 1910


Split Rock Light
NPS photos by Ralph Eshelman, 1995
Split Rock Light Tower
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1910
  • Is the Light Operational? NO
  • Date Deactivated: 1969
  • Automated:
  • Foundation Materials: NATURAL/EMPLACED
  • Construction Materials: BRICK/REINFORCED CONCRETE
  • Markings/Patterns: BUFF BRICK W/WHITE CORNICE;BLK LENS RM
  • Shape: OCTAGONAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 54
  • Original Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL (BIVALVE)
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1910
  • Present Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL (BIVALVE)--LIT ONCE A YEAR
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1910
  • Height of Focal Plane: 168
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ORIGINAL LENS STILL IN LANTERN
Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1910
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Architectural Style:
  • Fog Signal Type: REMOVED/AIR DIAPHONE
Split Rock Light Keepers' Dwellings
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1909
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: CUBIFORM
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
Other Structures: OIL HOUSE (1909), 3 KEEPERS DWELLINGS (1909), 2 STORAGE BARNS/GARAGES (1909),
TRAM HOUSE (1915), PUMPHOUSE (CIRCA 1930)

Current Use: STATE HISTORIC SITE

Owner/Manager: STATE OF MINNESOTA (MINNESOTA HISTORICAL SOCIETY)

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

Web Site: Link

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #69000073
Name of Listing: SPLIT ROCK LIGHTHOUSE
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1970

Miscellaneous:
COMPLETE 20TH CENTURY LIGHT STATION IN PICTURESQUE SETTING; WAS IMPORTANT TO CARRIERS TRANSPORTING ORE TO STEEL MILLS; RESTORED TO PRE-1924 APPEARANCE



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