Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Duluth Minnesota Lighthouses

Duluth Harbor in Minnesota has three pier lighthouses. On a recent visit we stopped by the harbor to visit the lights and were delighted to find a newly renovated harbor area with easy access to all three lights.
Our first stop was the north breakwater light which was found adjacent to the parking lot for the area. The black and white conical light is found at the end of the 1700 foot pier. It was a beautiful fall day when we visited so my husband and I enjoyed our stroll down the pier to see this lighthouse. I was able to photograph the light from a variety of angles.
Our next light was just a short distance away on the other side of the canal. To reach it we crossed the lift bridge and proceeded down a second 1700 foot pier. This light is like a small house with a light tower jutting out of it. The bright red roof makes it easy to spot.
The third light in Duluth harbor is located on the south pier near the lift bridge. It is one of the framework type lights with the lantern on the top of the framework. After photographing the lights, we visited the Canal Park Maritime Museum which is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. It was an interesting museum with many displays on Great Lake shipping. It also had a small gift shop with items on the lights and shipping. Our visit to the Duluth harbor was a pleasant way to spend a lovely fall afternoon. Read more about my lighthouse visits at Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast or stop by my lighthouse gift shop at Lighthouse Enthusiast