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Christmas at Split Rock

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Children with SnowmanAt Christmas, when our kids were little, they were sure that Santa would find our house because it would be one of his first stops for him because it was right on his way and so close to the North Pole.  In their twenties now, our kids have come to realize that they did indeed grow up in a special place.  The early lightkeepers and their familes had to leave Split Rock in the winter.  Beginning in the 1930’s, with the coming of the North Shore highway, the keepers and their families were allowed to stay year round.  Those children have related to us how thrilled they were to be able to stay through the winters.

Dec 14th - winds at 58mph

With a blizzard and lake effect snow in the forecast for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year it will be a good time to hunker down and enjoy the sights and sounds of Lake Superior.  Then, after the storm settles, it will be time to get out and clear the paths, check all the buildings on the light station, and refill the bird feeders.

Snowy trees at Split Rock's tramway

I thought that this would be a good time to share some winter photos at Split Rock Lighthouse, a time when when the hectic pace of summer is replaced by a blanket of new snow.

Happy Holidays

Mid-winter at dusk

First winter storm at Split Rock

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

100-foot cliff at Split Rock LighthouseAfter a mellow November and start to December the first big storm has marched in off the plains and hit the Midwest and the Lake Superior with a wallop.  Only 4-8 inches of snow along the North Shore for this one but so far northwest winds have held steady at up to 42 mph and some big waves are building out on the lake.Ore boat passing Split Rock

A century ago, by late November of  1909, the construction crew working on the light station had left the rock for the winter.  They would return in May of 1910 to complete the lighthouse and install the Fresnel lens. 

Wrapping up the construction season at Split Rock, November 1909.Our plans for the 2010 centennial celebration will continue throughout the winter.  Keep and eye on the Split Rock Lighthouse website for updates to events next summer.