Southport Lighthouse

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Southport Lighthouse
The Old Southport Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters
Simmons Island, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Built in 1866 of Cream City Brick from Milwaukee, this 52 foot tall lighthouse and its fourth order Fresnel lens served the maritime community until 1906 when it was replaced by the new North Pier Light. The lantern room was removed a few years later and a flag staff was installed at the top of the tower to display storm warning signals.

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Southport Lighthouse Doorway
The Southport Lighthouse Doorway
Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Southport Lighthouse Vertical Panorama
A vertical panoramic view

Slated for demolition in the 1950's, the Southport lighthouse was saved and restored over the years and remains an important symbol of Kenosha's maritime history.


Brokecompsoul said...

Really nice lighthouse, are tours available?

Tom Gill said...

Thanks Ken.

I think they are open in the summer and offer tours. I even heard if a caretaker is on the grounds they'll even walk you up when they're closed.

I'll have to try in the summer.