Wind Point Light

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Wind Point Light
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Wind Point Lighthouse
Wind Point Light is located in Wisconsin
Wind Point Light
LocationWind Point, Wisconsin
Coordinates42°45′52.122″N 87°45′29.995″W / 42.76447833°N 87.75833194°W / 42.76447833; -87.75833194Coordinates: 42°45′52.122″N 87°45′29.995″W / 42.76447833°N 87.75833194°W / 42.76447833; -87.75833194[1]
Year first lit1880
Constructionbrick, Italianate bracketing
Tower height108 feet (33 m)
Original lensThird Order Fresnel
Range21 nautical miles (39 km; 24 mi)[1]
ARLHS numberUSA-894
USCG number7-20605[1]
Heritageplace listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata
Historic Lighthouse
ArchitectOrlando Metcalfe Poe
NRHP reference #84003780
Added to NRHP1984

Wind Point Lighthouse (or Windpoint Light Station) is a lighthouse located at the north end of Racine Harbor in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It is in the village of Wind Point, Wisconsin, on Lighthouse Road, next to the Shoop Park golf course. The lighthouse stands 108 feet (33 m) tall. One of the oldest and tallest active lighthouses on the Great Lakes,[2] it was listed on the National Register of Historic Placesin 1984.[3]


Racine harbor had its first lighthouse in 1837,[4] but that light was not visible to ships approaching from the north, blocked by Racine Point, three a half miles to the north.[5] As a result, the Lighthouse Board recommended in 1870 the building of a lighthouse on Wind Point itself. Congress appropriated the money in 1877 and the lighthouse entered service in 1880.[6]

Wind Point Lighthouse was designed by Orlando Metcalfe Poe, a former Brigadier General in the Civil War. The lighthouse was constructed in 1880. It was lit for the first time on November 15th, 1880. The beacon was originally powered by a three-wicked kerosene lamp, magnified by a third-order Fresnel lens. The light was electrified in 1924, and replaced a DCB-24R airport beacon in 1964. The DCB-24R failed in 2007, and was replaced by a VRB-25 lens.[5] A signal house (horns removed, resonators still in place) remains on the grounds as well as a garage, two storage buildings, and an oil house. The Village of Wind Point has maintained the lighthouse and grounds since 1964, and uses the old keepers' quarters as a village hall and police headquarters.[5] The park and lighthouse were transferred from the U.S. coast guard to the Village of Wind Point in 1997, with the requirement that it be maintained as an historical landmark. The lighthouse is open to tour on certain dates.

In the summer of 2007, the lighthouse tower underwent a US$210,000 restoration,[7] during which windows and doors were replaced, brickwork repointed, and the tower repainted.

The shipwreck site of the Kate Kelly is located 2 miles (3.2 km) east of the lighthouse.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Light List, Volume VII, Great Lakes (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2014.
  2. ^ "About - Wind Point Lighthouse". Wind Point Lighthouse. Wind Point Lighthouse. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ "Wind Point Light". Inventory of Historic Light Stations. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
  4. ^ Pepper, Terry. "Root River Lights". Seeing the Light. Terry Pepper. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  5. ^ a b c "Wind Point Lighthouse". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  6. ^ Charles K. Hyde (July 10, 1979). "Historic American Engineering Inventory: Wind Point (Racine Point) Light Station". United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  7. ^ "July 2007 newsletter" (PDF). Village of Wind Point. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
  8. ^ "Wind Point Lighthouse". Wisconsin

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