La Pointe Light facts for kids
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|Location||Long Island, Wisconsin|
|Year first constructed||1896|
|Year first lit||1896|
|Tower shape||White, Skeletal with a central column|
|Height||65 feet (20 m)|
|Focal height||70 feet (21 m)|
|Original lens||Fourth order Fresnel lens|
|Current lens||12-inch (300 mm)Tideland Signal ML-300 Acrylic Optic|
|Range||8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi)|
|Characteristic||Green, Isophase (Equal interval), 6 sec|
Currently owned by the National Park Service and part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, as reference number 83003366. Listed in the Library of Congress, Historic American Buildings Survey, WI-325 and WI-325-A. One of the oldest skeletal lighthouses on the Great Lakes, it played an important role in transportation on Lake Superior.
A square wooden tower, constructed in 1858, was located around 3,000 feet (910 m) west of the current light. The previous lens was moved to the Chequamegon Point Lighthouse in 1897. It is one of the Apostle Islands Lighthouses.
Most of the Apostle Islands light stations may be reached on the Apostle Islands Cruise Service water taxi or by private boat during the summer. During the Annual Apostle Island Lighthouse Celebration ferry tour service is available for all the lighthouses. In the tourist season, volunteer park rangers are on many of the islands to greet visitors.
- Havighurst, Walter (1943) 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, (Gwinn, Michigan: Avery Color Studios, Inc., 1998) ISBN: 0-932212-98-0.
- Wright, Larry and Wright, Patricia, Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia Hardback (Erin: Boston Mills Press, 2006) ISBN: 1-55046-399-3.
- National Park Service Maritime History Project, Inventory of Historic Light Stations - Wisconsin, La Pointe Light.
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