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North Point Light

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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.

North Point Light
North Point Lighthouse.jpg
North Point Lighthouse in Lake Park
North Point Light is located in Wisconsin
North Point Light
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Coordinates 43°03′56″N 87°52′17″W / 43.06556°N 87.87139°W / 43.06556; -87.87139Coordinates: 43°03′56″N 87°52′17″W / 43.06556°N 87.87139°W / 43.06556; -87.87139
Year first lit 1888
Deactivated 1994
Foundation Concrete
Construction Cast Iron (1888) / Steel (1912)
Tower shape Octagonal
Height 74 feet (23 m)
Original lens Fourth order Fresnel lens
Heritage place listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata

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 74 feet (23 m) and light focal plane to 154 feet (47 m). 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 25 miles (40 km).[1]

A $984,000 grant was used to restore the light and to open it to the public.[2]

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  1. ^ United States Coast Guard, Milwaukee County Historical Society, sign by lighthouse
  2. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of the United States: Eastern Wisconsin". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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