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Kenosha Pierhead Lighthouse
Kenosha, WI

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The Kenosha North Pier lighthouse is a lighthouse located near Kenosha in Kenosha County, Wisconsin.

"A typical 'Lake Michigan red tower'", it is a sibling to the Milwaukee Pierhead Light. This light was built in 1906 as a replacement for the old Kenosha Light.

The station was established in 1856. This pierhead light is one of a succession of lighthouses in this location, which were needed as the structures were destroyed by natural processes, or became obsolete as the piers were greatly extended.

Located on the north pier, it is listed in the United States Coast Guard light list and the United States Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System as the Kenosha Light. It currently is painted red, but the lighthouse also has been painted white in the past. The adjacent south pier and breakwater also had lighthouses, but now have cylindrical navigational lights. These included fog signal buildings and elevated iron catwalks, all of which have been removed.

In June 2008, the Kenosha Pierhead Lighthouse was deemed "excess" by the Coast Guard. Pursuant to the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, it was offered at no cost to eligible entities, including federal, state and local agencies, non-profit corporations, educational agencies, or community development organizations. A deadline of July 21 was created for qualified organizations to express interest.The Kenosha North Pier lighthouse is a lighthouse located near Kenosha in Kenosha County, Wisconsin.

"A typical 'Lake Michigan red tower'",[2] it is a sibling to the Milwaukee Pierhead Light. This light was built in 1906 as a replacement for the old Kenosha Light.

The station was established in 1856. This pierhead light is one of a succession of lighthouses in this location, which were needed as the structures were destroyed by natural processes, or became obsolete as the piers were greatly extended.

Located on the north pier, it is listed in the United States Coast Guard light list and the United States Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System as the Kenosha Light. It currently is painted red, but the lighthouse also has been painted white in the past. The adjacent south pier and breakwater also had lighthouses, but now have cylindrical navigational lights. These included fog signal buildings and elevated iron catwalks, all of which have been removed.

In June 2008, the Kenosha Pierhead Lighthouse was deemed "excess" by the Coast Guard. Pursuant to the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, it was offered at no cost to eligible entities, including federal, state and local agencies, non-profit corporations, educational agencies, or community development organizations. A deadline of July 21 was created for qualified organizations to express interest.

Source: Wikipedia

Latitude/Longitude: 42.588865,-87.808594

Nearest Address: 5123 Lighthouse Dr, Kenosha, WI

Directions:
  • From I-94 take exit 342 and head east on Route 158.
  • Stay on Route 158 for 6.6 miles until you come to Route 32.
  • Take a left on Route 32.
  • In 0.2 miles, take your second right onto 50th St.
  • Go over the bridge, stay to your right, and you'll see Southport Lighthouse on your left. Go past Southport, around to your left, and park in the lot where you'll see Kenosha Pierhead in front of you.


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