Pier and Boat Rails

Pier and Boat Rails (HM1B7F)

Location: Wind Point, WI 53402 Racine County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 46.866', W 87° 45.473'

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East of the oil house are the remains of a T-shaped pier which jutted into the lake. The "Hyacinth", a Coast Guard tender, would dock there periodically to bring supplies, kerosene, the "library book box" and a welcome visit from "Spot", a friendly dalmation dog. A set of small iron rails resembling railroad tracks led from a boathouse on shore to the end of the pier. Since, in the early days of the Wind Point Lighthouse, the roads were rough, rutted and often impassable, the keepers and their families frequently used the light station's boat to row to downtown Racine for church and shopping. The boat was mounted on a trolley cart (see photo) so the keepers could push it on the rails to the end of the pier. They would then use a hoist to lift it from the trolley, swing it over the water and lower it in.
HM NumberHM1B7F
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Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 8:39pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 438007 N 4736785
Decimal Degrees42.78110000, -87.75788333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 46.866', W 87° 45.473'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 46' 51.96" N, 87° 45' 28.38" W
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Area Code(s)262
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4725 Lighthouse Dr, Wind Point WI 53402, US
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