Last Visited: June, 2002
Racine Harbor had been continuously lighted since 1838 when the Root River lighthouse became one of the first lights to be constructed on Lake Michigan. The old 1838 coast light was demolished in 1876. The current structure was built in 1910 and has been inactive since 1987. The current tower is a 46 ft square steel skeletal tower with the lantern room and upper portion of the tower enclosed. The Light station was established in 1903. Floodlit at night, the lighthouse serves as an ornament of the city's waterfront park. Originally mounted on a crib, it is now located at the end of a rip rap breakwater on the north side of the harbor entrance, adjacent to the Coast Guard station.
Nearest Address: 199 Christopher Columbus Causeway, Racine, WI
- From I-94 take exit 333 and head east on Route 20.
- Stay on Route 20 for 8.6 miles until you come to Route 32.
- Continue straight Route 32. Route 32 goes into downtown Racine, and turns left to join with Main St.
- When you get on Route 32, in 1.1 miles you will turn right onto 4th St.
- Follow 4th to the end where you'll enter Racine Harbor Park. At the far end of the park is the red North Breakwater light (that you see above) and the less attractive, but functional, south breakwater light (which are the last two photos in the "More Photos" slideshow).
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