Is it me? or do lighthouses seem so romantic and regal? Each light house has it’s own story to tell. While Mr Man and I were up in Two Harbors this weekend, celebrating our anniversary, we went to the Split Rock lighthouse. Below is an article from the Star Tribune Newspaper explaining the event …
Split Rock Lighthouse to light beacon to mark anniversary of Edmund Fitzgerald sinking
TWO HARBORS, Minn. – The Split Rock Lighthouse will light its beacon Saturday to mark the anniversary of the sinking of the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald.
Every year, the landmark lighthouse along Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior commemorates the Nov. 10, 1975, sinking of the Fitzgerald. All 29 men aboard died when the 729-foot ore freighter sank in stormy Lake Superior.
The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. with the reading of the names of those who died, the ringing of a ship’s bell and the lighting of the lighthouse beacon.
A film about the Fitzgerald will be shown in the Visitor Center theater throughout the afternoon.
This is the only time each year when visitors can climb to the top of the tower and see the beacon lit and revolving.
A photo of what it
looked would look like on a gorgeous day…
Our photos taken on a not so gorgeous day…
It was cold, rainy, and very windy! I was holding an umbrella that turned inside out twice, before I gave up and just tucked it away. We waited in line
forever a very long time it seemed like a long time, as only 20 people at a time could go inside to look around. This first picture is of the “Tool Room” where they spent most of their time working by the fireplace.
The staircase was short compared to other light houses that we have been in, but it was very pretty with the white tile and the heavy black iron staircase. As many times as they would have to go up and down (every two hours), I bet they were glad that it was so short. The reason? The 130 foot cliff that it sits on!
Once at the top, the windows were wet with the mist and you couldn’t see out, and the light just turned around and around. But! One fun fact! The light turns around on 7 1/2 gallons of Mercury. (It is in place of a ball bearing that would not be able to hold it up) That was worth the price of admission people!!!!
Made in Paris 🙂
Saying a short goodbye as I get to work on a Christmas surprise for Miss Precious. I also want to get that laundry room finished by Thanksgiving! AHHHH!