French missionaries arrived in the Milwaukee area in the late 17th century. Like most areas that grew it is on a river and here we find the Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers. What do you think of when you here Milwaukee? Beer? Laverne and Shirley? Wayne's World? Brewers? Bucks?
The name Milwaukee is derived from the Potawatomi Indians and means "council grounds" or "gathering place by water."
This cast iron tower raises to 74'. At one time it was relocated because the park trees obscured the beam. The Oak Leaf Trail will lead you right to tower and living quarters. This position was to mark the entrance of the Milwaukee River. Mineral oil was the first fuel and then coal gas and then electricity. Like so many of the lighthouses a supporter group oversees the care. There is also a wonderful museum on site.
This light is unique in what I have seen about the lighthouses along the Great Lakes. This light was built privately and was constructed in 1981. The light is 53' above the ground and sits on a bluff 120' above the lake, making it the 2nd highest light on Lake Michigan.
I love my riding days and look to find interesting and informative items to share.
Pacific Coast Highway