Kewaunee Wisconsin Lighthouse
Heading along the lakeshore on Highway 42, which runs north/south through Kewaunee you can’t miss the Kewaunee Wisconsin lighthouse. Off the highway, it is a short drive down Ellis Street.
As a lover of lighthouses, I enjoy the fact that lighthouses parallel the history of our nation. As a community settled along the shores, lighthouses popped up to guide ships into port to deliver supplies helping build each town’s population and providing stable jobs.
In the late 1800’s the city erected a frame at the end of the north pier and maintained a red light, using a signal lantern for navigation purposes. As time went on, they added additional lights. The funding for the actual lighthouse didn’t come until later.
Photo above shows the 1923 lighthouse. As you can see the lighthouse has most certainly weathered time and change.
In 1892 a railroad car ferry service between Kewaunee, Wisconsin and Frankfort, Michigan; the first of its kind was established. It made shipped supplies to the eastern United States a reality.
The Kewaunee, Wisconsin lighthouse was built in to replace the signal lantern system they had installed for aid in harboring vessels from Chicago to Green Bay and to provide a protected harbor in times of bad weather.
Time marches on. Through any weather, the lighthouse stands to do its job.
Here is a short video I made – just goofing around.
With everything the years have thrown at this lighthouse – one thing is certain. It stands proud.
Even the Fresnel lens, is still in operation day. That just amazes me!