On July 31 round 5000 visitors shared celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first lighting of Split Rock Lighthouse. When a light station was designed for three lighthouse keepers and their families it is a challenge to find room for that many people to visit at one time.
With the help of shuttle busses from the adjoining state park parking lots and from nearby Gooseberry Falls State Park everyone was able to view the beacon lighting and the first-ever fireworks over the lighthouse.
A highlight of the evening was a past keeper reception in the visitor center. Twenty-four past residents, some lighthouse service, some coast guard, some Minnesota DNR and some Minnesota Historical Society employees, met to talk about the lives and experiences that they shared by living in the keeper’s dwellings at Split Rock.