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Two Harbors Lighthouse on Lake Superior

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Tuesday November 5, 2013

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Caption: Two Harbors Lighthouse and fog signal is situated on a point that separates Agate Bay and Burlington Bay. The station was put into operation in1892. In 1921, the kerosene light used in the Fresnel lens was replaced by an electric light that increased the light’s power from 30,000 candlepower to 230,000 candlepower. The Fresnel lens, a revolving four-sided lens was removed in 1969--in its place, a twenty-four-inch aerobeacon was installed that still is in use today. See more info below:

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12. minnesotamom
4:56 PM GMT on March 27, 2015
The area around the lighthouse is fascinating to explore, with the ore docks nearby, as well as two old trains in preservation sheds too. But about 20 miles further up the North Shore of Lake Superior is an even more spectacular lighhouse: Split Rock, built in 1910. It also houses a beautiful Fresnel lens. :-)

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11. canuckjune
3:51 PM GMT on March 27, 2015
I was up in that lighthouse many years ago on one of our trips to Duluth. It was very interesting to say the least. Thanks for the memory.
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10. joeblahblah
3:25 PM GMT on March 27, 2015
Those fresnel lenses were works of art. I love lighthouses.
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9. trailhiker44
5:15 PM GMT on November 21, 2013
Beautiful evening capture !
The warm lights are so welcoming as night approaches !
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8. pegpics
11:43 AM GMT on November 10, 2013
This is so beautiful!!!...and love the historic photo!
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7. nanapoo
3:37 AM GMT on November 10, 2013
Love this shot and series!!! Big fan of lighthouses!
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6. YouKnowWho
3:26 AM GMT on November 10, 2013
What a beautiful evening capture of this lighthouse!
Thanks for the history, too!
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5. minnesotamom
11:36 PM GMT on November 09, 2013
Thanks so much, Jon, for your interesting comments! Having been out on the Cape I vividly remember the lighthouse out toward the end---gorgeous area, but probably not the one you're referring to.... :D
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4. Bugmon
11:32 PM GMT on November 09, 2013
Nice shot and great info about the light. Our Southeast lighthouse also had a very distinctive green Fresnel lens that was also replaced . The lens had floated on a bed of mercury which nowadays we realize was not such a great thing ....there are much better lubricants.

Love the way the clouds accent the light.
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3. minnesotamom
11:26 PM GMT on November 09, 2013
Thanks so much, Cynthia! It's a very interesting area to tour, with tons of different things to explore! I'd LOVE to be able to go stay in the Bed and Breakfast in this lighthouse someday!
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2. CythiaSue
10:29 PM GMT on November 09, 2013
Looks cozy, thanks for sharing
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1. minnesotamom
10:23 PM GMT on November 09, 2013


The lighthouse buildings in the 1940's.

The fog signal was discontinued in 1973, and in 1981 the light was automated. The Lake County Historical Society leased the property in 1987, and the next year they started to provide tours of the station. In 1998, ownership of the lighthouse was transferred to the historical society. To help provide funds for the restoration and maintenance of the station, the society opened the lighthouse as a Bed and Breakfast in 1999.
The society assumed responsibility for the light from the Coast Guard in 2001, and now each month volunteers clean the lenses and reflectors in the aerobeacon, check the lamps, and change the oil in the rotating mechanism.
The bottom story of the tower originally served as the bedroom for the second assistant keeper. The assistant keeper's dwelling is a two-story wooden structure that has been restored to the late 1880s era and can be toured by visitors.
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