"Lighting the Way"
Happy Birthday, Split Rock Lighthouse! On July 31, 1910, the lighthouse beacon first cast its guiding light across Lake Superior. Just a short drive up the shore from Duluth, Minnesota, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is a favorite destination for many visitors and locals.
It was a very memorable experience witnessing the lighthouse's "candle" lit on her birthday. The blue moon was rising on a lovely summer evening as gentle waves lapped at the shore below. The remnants of clouds gently floated past, complementing the slow rotations of the Fresnel lens. Simply beautiful, elegant tranquility.
Set atop a 130 foot cliff on Lake Superior, the elevation of the light is 168 feet, and was visible from 25 miles or more. The Fresnel lens is a 2.5-ton, double bull’s-eye lens.