North Point Light
North Point Quick Facts
Year Station Established: 1855
Is the Light operational? No
Year Light First Lit: 1888
Year Deactivated: 1994
Tower Height: 74 ft.
Original Optic: 4th Order, Fresnel
Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
Year Constructed: 1855
Number of Stories: 2.5
Architectural Style: Duplex
Construction Materials: Wood
North Point Lighthouse
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Last Visited: June, 2002
The North Point lighthouse is a lighthouse located in Lake Park on the East Side of Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States.
The lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 as reference #84003732. It was also added to the Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Survey as survey HABS WI-358.
It replaced a previous Cream City brick lighthouse constructed in 1855 that was located too close to the edge of the eroding bluff. In 1888 a cast iron lighthouse was built, but this tower was not tall enough and was placed on top of a steel structure in 1912 raising its height to 74 feet (23 m) and light focal plane to 154 feet (47 m). The tower underwent restoration in 2005.
The first lantern burned mineral oil. A new lens, installed in 1868, is still in use. The present light source is a 25,000 candlepower lamp rotated electrically and controlled by an automatic time clock. The lens focuses a 1,300,000 candlepower signal visible for 25 miles (40 km).
A $984,000 grant was used to restore the light and to open it to the public.
The lighthouse sits within Lake Park, which is accessible at all hours.
Nearest Address: 2647 N Wahl Ave, Milwaukee, WI
- From I-43 in Milwaukee take the exit for I-794 east.
- Take the exit for N. Lincoln Memorial Parkway.
- Follow Lincoln Memorial Parkway for 2.3 miles until you get to McKinley Park Beach. At the lights there should be a sign for St. Mary's Hospital to the left. Take the left and go up to the top of the hill.
- At the stop sign at the top of the hill, take a sharp right onto N. Terrace Ave. then immediately bear right onto Wahl Ave.
- Go down Wahl Ave for 0.6 miles. You'll come to an intersection where N. Terrace Ave connects back onto Wahl Ave from the left. Pull over just before the intersection and the lighthouse will be off to your right.
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