North Point Light Station

North Point Light Station (HMWML)

Location: Milwaukee, WI 53211 Milwaukee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 3.924', W 87° 52.257'

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The North Point Light Station has a long history of guiding mariners to Milwaukee. Its location was chosen to mark the north point of Milwaukee Bay. Erected in 1887 and first lit in 1888, the 39-foot octagonal cast-iron tower replaced an 1855 cream-city brick lighthouse built too close to the eroding bluff. The Queen Anne-style keeper's dwelling was built at the same time. In 1912 the tower was almost doubled to its present height of 74 feet by lifting the existing tower atop a new structure. This resulted in a light source 154 feet above the level of Lake Michigan visible up to 20 miles away. The United States Coast Guard took the light out of service in 1994. In 2003 the two-acre property was transferred to Milwaukee County. The North Point Lighthouse Friends and Milwaukee County completed restoration of the light station in 2007.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number535
Year Placed2010
Placed ByWisconsin State Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 11:40pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 429085 N 4768445
Decimal Degrees43.06540000, -87.87095000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 3.924', W 87° 52.257'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 3' 55.44" N, 87° 52' 15.42" W
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Area Code(s)414
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1800 Oak Leaf Trail, Milwaukee WI 53211, US
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