Scenic USA - Wisconsin
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of historic sites, city scenes, backcountry byways, points of interest and America's best parklands, this site offers the viewer hundreds
of unique vacation destinations and photographic subjects. Each feature is coupled with a brief explanation. For further detailed
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Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
Peninsula State Park, just recently celebrating its Centennial, is one of Wisconsin's most popular parks. A favorite among campers, the park's three main campgrounds feature over 450 campsites spread out over 3700 acres. The park is one of the largest in the state and features over eight miles of Green Bay shoreline. Its 18 hole golf course, biking, hiking and ski trails, and the fully restored Eagle Bluff Lighthouse provide an excellent park experience for its visitors.
Long before automobile travel, Door County residents relied on lake bound ships for supplies and transportation around the Great Lakes area. Passing through the channel between the Strawberry Islands and Eagle Bluff, sailing ships were often leery of this treacherous passage. Desiring secure transportation, a solid Cream-City brick lighthouse was built in 1868. Perched on top of the 40 foot Eagle Bluff, the light station, with its integral tower, housed a reliable Fresnel lens. Reaching its peak in maritime traffic at the turn of the century, the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse provided safe passage for as many as 4000 ships in a year.
Surrounded by state park lands, lighthouse responsibilities were passed on to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Needing a little TLC, the Door County Historical Society accepted the challenge, and offered its assistance in lighthouse restoration. Years of labor resulted in an exceptional lighthouse museum. Enriched with authentic furnishings, inventory includes period pieces donated by members of the Duclon Family. Light keepers from 1885 to 1919, William and Julia Duclon, plus their seven sons, made their home at Eagle Bluff. Today, the lighthouse museum provides a unique look into the lives of all these Door County Lighthouse keepers and their families.
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