Split Rock Lighthouse receives $68K grant


Split Rock Lighthouse was built in 1910 by the United States Lighthouse Service as a response to the famous Mataafa Storm of 1905 // Image via Minnesota Historical Society

Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representative Rick Nolan, announced Monday that Split Rock Lighthouse received a $68,000 preservation grant, reports the Duluth News Tribune.

The money will help outline long-term management and preservation efforts of the iconic North Shore lighthouse.

The financial support comes from the National Park Service, in partnership with the Maritime Administration. The grant was awarded to the Minnesota Historical Society, which operates Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, and will be used toward a $136,000 cultural landscape report.

“Split Rock Lighthouse is an iconic Minnesota landmark that kept our ships safe for many years,” Klobuchar said in a joint news release. “Although the lighthouse has retired, this famous site has drawn in guests to the North Shore for many years. This grant will help to welcome visitors for generations to come.”

Split Rock Lighthouse is located on the North Shore of Lake Superior, southwest of Silver Bay. The lighthouse was first built in 1910 by the United States Lighthouse Service as a response to the famous Mataafa Storm of 1905, in which 29 ships were damaged or destroyed. It has been restored to replicate what it looked like in the 1920s, including the original tower, lens, fog signal building, oil house, and the three keepers’ houses. Its light was retired in 1969 by the U.S. Coast Guard.

[h/t Duluth News Tribune]

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