Split Rock Lighthouse gets preservation grant

SILVER BAY, Minn. — The state’s federal lawmakers have announced a $68,000 preservation grant for Split Rock Lighthouse  — money that will help outline long-term management and preservation efforts of the iconic North Shore lighthouse.

Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse is located on the North Shore of Lake Superior, southwest of Silver Bay. The lighthouse was first built in 1910 by the United States Lighthouse Service as a response to the famous Mataafa Storm of 1905 where 29 ships were damaged or destroyed on Lake Superior. It has been restored to replicate what it looked like in the 1920s, including the original tower, lens, fog signal building, oil house, and the three keepers’ houses. The light in Split Rock Lighthouse was retired in 1969 by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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