RAWLEY POINT (TWIN RIVER POINT)

Year Established:
1853
Existing:
Yes
Download:
File Type:
jpg (image/jpeg)
Photo Date:
2008
Photo Credit:
Thomas Tag
Photo Courtesy of:
US Lighthouse Society Archives
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LOCATION

Location:
WEST SHORE LAKE MICHIGAN
Latitude:
44° 12.7'
Longitude:
87° 30.5'
City / Town:
TWO RIVERS
U.S. State:
Wisconsin
Location County:
MANITOWOC
Country:
United States

OWNER & ACCESS

Open to Public:
No
Light List Data:
  1. RAWLEY POINT (TWIN RIVER POINT)
Light list data courtesy Gary Riemenschneider

STRUCTURE

Year Tower Established:
1894
Tower Construction Material:
CAST IRON
Height of light above mean high water, in feet:
113
Height, in feet, from base of structure to center of lantern:
111
Tower Shape:
SKELETAL
Fog Signal Building?:
No
Fog Signal Bldg Construction Materials:
WOOD
Keeper's Quarters?:
Yes
Year Keeper's Quarters:
1874
Keeper's Quarters Style:
W/OUT TOWER
Keeper's Quarters Construction:
BRICK
Other Structures:
RADIOBEACON

OPTICS

Active Aid to Navigation?:
Yes
Current Optic:
DCB-36
Original Optic Type:
THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
Private Aid:
No
Year Automated:
1979
USCG Access to Optics:
No

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HISTORICAL INFORMATION:

  • The first markers for the dangerous shoals at Rawley point were a set of four pole lights.
  • 1853: A wooden lighthouse was built to replace the pole lights.
  • 1873: The wooden light was replaced because it had been poorly placed to warn ships off the shoals. It was replaced by a brick light tower and keepers house.
  • 1894: This light was replaced by yet a third light. The replacement had been displayed at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago and represented the newest technology of the time. It houses a third-order Fresnel lens.
  • 1920: The light was electrified.
  • 1952: The damaged Fresnel lens was replaced.
  • 1975: The light was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 1979: The light was automated.

Entered by:
t.wheeler
Entered Date:
Jul 21, 2017