Minnesota’s guardian on the bay: the Minnesota Point Lighthouse

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Minnesota Point Lighthouse. (Image courtesy of history.uscg.mil)

Once a guiding light for ships navigating Lake Superior, the Minnesota Point Lighthouse stands as a testament to the state’s maritime history. Built in 1858, it was the first lighthouse in Minnesota.

This red brick tower, originally 50 feet tall, replaced an earlier square wooden pierhead light. Though extinguished in 1885, the Minnesota Point Lighthouse endured the harsh Great Lakes environment for decades. Today, the truncated ruins are a reminder of nature’s power and the vital role lighthouses played in guiding sailors to safety. Guarding the shores still today, the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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