On Thursday, June 25, the contractors who had been completing the masonry repairs to Split Rock Lighthouse removed all of the scaffolding that had been surrounding the lighthouse since early April. For the many visitors who had been disappointed to find scaffolding blocking their view and photo opportunities this comes as welcome news.
On Friday, a beautiful morning of calm winds and sunny skies, I talked the foreman of the construction crew into taking me up in their lift so I could get a few pictures of the freshly painted lighthouse. Here is view from eighty feet above the ground.
In addition, the concrete portions of the lighthouse have been painted and the lighthouse is looking pretty spiffy.
The intent, of course, is to retain the 1920’s appearance of the lighthouse and the light station as much as possible. The early 1920’s was a time when the lighthouse was accessible only by boat from Lake Superior. The North Shore highway was completed past Split Rock in 1924 forever changing the isolated nature of the site and the lives of the keepers and their families that lived here.