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North Point Lighthouse, Milwaukee

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The North Point Light is a lighthouse located in Lake Park on the East Side of Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States.The lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 as reference #84003732. It was also added to the Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey as survey HABS WI-358.It replaced a previous Cream City brick lighthouse constructed in 1855 that was located too close to the edge of the eroding bluff. In 1888 a cast-iron lighthouse was built, but this tower was not tall enough and was placed on top of a steel structure in 1912 raising its height to and light focal plane to. The tower underwent restoration in 2005.The first lantern burned mineral oil. A new lens, installed in 1868, is still in use. The present light source is a 25,000 candlepower lamp rotated electrically and controlled by an automatic time clock. The lens focuses a 1,300,000 candlepower signal visible for.A $984,000 grant was used to restore the light and to open it to the public.Specialized Additional reading Havighurst, Walter The Long Ships Passing: The Story of the Great Lakes, Macmillan Publishers. Oleszewski, Wes, Great Lakes Lighthouses, American and Canadian: A Comprehensive Directory/Guide to Great Lakes Lighthouses, . Sapulski, Wayne S., Lighthouses of Lake Michigan: Past and Present ;. Wright, Larry and Wright, Patricia, Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia Hardback .
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  • O Lu reason I have 4 stars was because of the limited hours. We are o Lu in town during the week, so unable to visit inside. The outside is well maintained and clean. 
    O Lu reason I have 4 stars was because of the limited hours. We are o Lu in town during the week, so unable to visit inside. The outside is well maintained and clean.  more »
  • Wonderful experience. Knowledgeable and friendly staff that made our snowy day visit interesting and fun. Absolutely worth the visit. The surrounding park is also nice and the outside provides... 
    Wonderful experience. Knowledgeable and friendly staff that made our snowy day visit interesting and fun. Absolutely worth the visit. The surrounding park is also nice and the outside provides...  more »
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  • Great time visiting the North Point Lighthouse on a Sunday afternoon. John the tour guide was super informative and open to answering questions despite us not being on a formal tour. Had a wonderful 20 minute conversation about the lighthouse and history of Milwaukee. It's great that they let you climb the lighthouse tower. Would recommend wearing good shoes since the highest point requires climbing a ladder. Gift shop prices were very reasonable. Mostly street parking but it wasn't an issue finding a spot.
  • It was beautiful, a lot of people was out. I saw a couple taking wedding pics. I was just down there catching Pokemon. The atmosphere was wonderful.

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