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Duluth Pack Items Now Available at Split Rock Museum Store

Posted byGloria Rosenau-Stern on 19 Mar 2012 | Tagged as: Events, Observations, Stuff, Uncategorized

Split Rock Lighthouse Museum Store and the Duluth Pack Store have teamed up and now an assortment of Sportsman's Tote locally made Duluth Pack bags are available with a Split Rock Lighthouse logo leather patch.  Available for purchase are Daypacks, Shell Bags, Haversack, Market Totes and Wanderer (the pack chosen by NBC to be featured in Love in the Wild, a TV reality show).  We also have the ability to special order any of the Duluth Pack items with the Split Rock patch on.

Moonrise shutterbugs

Posted byLee Radzak on 08 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Events, Nature, Observations, Photography, Seasons, Uncategorized

This may have been a poor winter on the North Shore for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing but it has been a good winter for watching the full moon.  Each year, between November and March, photographers line up on the shoreline of Lake Superior in the state park to catch the full moonrise lined up behind Split Rock Lighthouse.
Moonrise, 7February12 
With the lack of snow and the unseasonably warm temperatures this winter more people than ever have set up tripods at sunset to catch the moon rising out of the lake right off of the lighthouse cliff.  Last night I spent about an hour on the rocky shoreline with a half a dozen or so shutterbugs who came equiped with an amazing array of equipment.  I snapped a few shots then mainly got out of the way.  Some of these people are very serious and focused on the sole mission of capturing “the” shot.  It was like watching a choreographed dance as the group scampered with tripods across the icy rocks to try to rearrange their equipment to keep up with the rising moon and to keep it in line with the distant lighthouse and cliff.  Full February moon
I seems that there is (or should be) an unspoken photographer’s etiquette, or maybe it’s just a gentleman’s agreement, that implies that a photographer not set up their tripod and camera directly between the subject and cameras already shooting the same scene. 
photographersAnyway, it ended up being more fun capturing the activity in front of and behind me along the shore.p10600461 
The moon will be there once a month, but then again so will the shutterbugs.

New poster in the Museum Store

Posted byGloria Rosenau-Stern on 29 Jan 2012 | Tagged as: Observations, Stuff, Uncategorized

Just added to the museum store! This great new poster depicting the lighthouse “icon brand”. (available at the online store too!)   Split Rock = the lighthouse, trees, waves, highway 61.  Romance and nature, captured in a poster.

22 X 28 poster that fits standard size frames!

22 X 28 poster that fits standard size frames!

National Landmark status for Split Rock

Posted byLee Radzak on 18 Aug 2011 | Tagged as: 100th Anniversary, Events, History, Observations

On June 23, 2011 U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the designation of Split Rock Light Station as a National Historic Landmark.  Split Rock has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1969 but designation as a national landmark denotes a much higher level of historic significance.  Split Rock Light Station, 1959 

During two world wars and beyond, Split Rock Light Station served as a vital aid to navigation to iron ore carriers carrying iron ore shipments across western Lake Superior from the vast iron ranges in northern Minnesota to the lower Great Lakes for processing.  Split Rock is also a highly intact example of an early 20th century Great Lakes light station.

Split Rock is the twelfth light station in the United States and the second light station on the Great Lakes to receive national landmark designation.  The light station, an active navigational aid from 1910 to 1969, is now a MinnesotaSplit Rock Light Station, 2010 state historic site and is open daily to the public for tours from mid-May through mid-October.

The Shutdown is Over!

Posted byLee Radzak on 21 Jul 2011 | Tagged as: Events, History, Nature, Observations, Photography, Seasons, Uncategorized

After 21 days, the State of Minnesota goverment shutdown is over!  Split Rock, and the other Minnesota state historic sites will be open tomorrow, so we can get back to business.  The shutdown was frustrating in that it came at the time when so many people are traveling on the North Shore and wanting to visit all of the sites and state parks, all of which were closed.  The shutdown created an unfortunate situation with the closing of all the state parks and state historic sites, such as Split Rock Lighthouse.  Tourists had to walk in to the parks as no vehicles were allowed.  This caused some traffic congestion at the entrances to places like Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse State Parks. 

During the state shutdown state park users had to park along Highway 61 and walk into the park.

With no one allowed on the historic lighthouse grounds during the shutdown some of the wildlife got a little bolder and made themselves at home.  A young cow moose dined on the Virginia creeper planted near the lightkeeper’s houses on a couple of quiet mornings.  This will change tomorrow when the site reopens for its regular hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. 
This moose was as curious as nervous as she browsed on the Virginia creeper.
This moose was as curious as nervous as she browsed on the Virginia creeper.

Split Rock moose

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