Two Rivers Light
|the Two Rivers Light in service (USCG)|
|Location||originally at end of north breakwater in Two Rivers, WI;
relocated to museum
|Year first constructed||1886|
|Tower shape||Skeletal tower|
|Markings / pattern||Red with white lantern|
|Height||36 feet (11 m)|
|Original lens||Sixth order Fresnel lens|
A project to improve the harbor was begun in 1870, including the construction in stages of a pair of breakwaters defining the entrance channel. In 1886 a lighthouse was built at the end of the northern breakwater. A simple pyramidal wooden tower was constructed, consisting of a watch room on an open timber framework surmounted by the lantern. A sixth-order Fresnel lens was provided as the light source, displaying a fixed red light.
The light was damaged in the first month of operation when a vessel struck the pier. In 1907–1909 a dwelling and oil house were constructed on the site of the former shore light. At the same time a fog bell was added to the light, its mechanism powered by a generator which was housed in a shed at the other end of the pier. This arrangement was found unsatisfactory, and a diaphone was added sometime between 1926 and 1931. During repairs in 1928 to fix storm damage, the light was rebuilt to run off electrical power. It continued in operation until 1969, when it was replaced with a steel tower. The older building was saved, however, and in 1975 the house portion was donated to the Rogers Street Fishing Village, a museum encompassing the old coast guard lifesaving station. The old building now stands on a platform similar to its original foundation, though it is now surrounded by a raised walkway. Unfortunately during the move the lens was broken, but a 2006 grant provided funds for its repair and restoration, and it was returned to display in 2009.
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- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Wisconsin". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.
- Pepper, Terry. "Two Rivers Pier Light". Retrieved 2012-02-17.