Katrina and I had some errands to run in Kenosha last Saturday so we decided to make an outing of it and went to check out the Southport Light Museum on the lakefront.
Built in 1866, the lighthouse is located on Simmons Island overlooking the shore of Lake Michigan. This is one of three government lighthouses that were constructed at this site. It was functional until 1906. The tower is 55 feet high and could be seen for 12 miles on the lake.
A new fact I learned from the brochure is that lighthouses are round because they would be stronger that way in high winds. The tower has 72 steps and the lantern used to be lit with kerosene oil. Imagine carrying a bucket of that up these stairs!
Virginia was on hand to give us a quick tour of the few items in the light keeper's house. I liked this wood stove whose kettle actually went inside the burner. I've seen a lot of wood stove accessories in my day, but that was a neat trick! Touring the house is free, but you have to pay to climb the tower.
Kenosha didn't used to be the booming city it is now. This painting shows the area as it was in 1847. I also loved the beautiful old map, but I neglected to note what year it represented.
I have some other things to show from our outing in Kenosha, but it'll have to wait because I'm leaving now for my surgery, so you won't hear from me for a few days probably. TTFN!