Split Rock Lighthouse (MN) reopening July 15
The grounds at one of the most iconic lighthouses in the country, Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior, will be reopening in July 15 along with access inside the fog signal building. Other indoor spaces are closed for now, and advance tickets must be purchased online. Other precautions are also in place.
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Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse (FL) celebrates 160th birthday
July 10 marks the 160th anniversary of the first lighting of Florida’s Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. Thanks to Florida Power and Light, 160 visitors will receive free admission to stroll the historic grounds, climb the lighthouse, view the Keeper’s Workshop exhibit and peruse the lighthouse gift shop. At this writing, reservations for all tours are booked.
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Missing diver found dead near Nubble Lighthouse (ME)
Maine Marine Patrol reported that Walter Fabian, 67 of Nashua, New Hampshire, had gone diving with a friend when the two became separated after surfacing. The friend swam to shore, and after not being able to locate Fabian, called for help. Lifeguards found Fabian on the northeast shore of Cape Neddick near Nubble Lighthouse. First responders tried to revive him but were unsuccessful. The area near the island known as the Nubble is popular with divers.
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Sponsor a step, help save Sabine Pass Lighthouse (LA)
The 1856 Sabine Pass Lighthouse in Louisiana is undergoing restoration, thanks to the Cameron Preservation Alliance. To plan for a new staircase, the Alliance came up with a clever way to commemorate families and pay for the 96 cast-iron steps. Any person, family. or company who donates $1,000 to the project will have a plate or plaque stating who sponsored a step. Fifteen steps have already been claimed as of Monday.
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Transfer of Bass Harbor Head Light Station to Acadia National Park (ME) is finalized
Transfer of the iconic Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, keeper’s house, three smaller buildings, and two acres of land from the U.S. Coast Guard to the National Park Service was finalized Wednesday.
Acadia Superintendent Kevin Schneider announced the completion of the transfer Wednesday afternoon at Friends of Acadia’s virtual annual meeting. “The National Park Service is developing plans to reuse the lighthouse and improve visitor access and enjoyment of the site,” Schneider said. The Coast Guard will continue to maintain and operate the automated light atop the lighthouse as an aid to navigation.
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Cupola of Cabo Sillero Lighthouse in Galicia, Spain, is removed for restoration
The dome of the Cabo Sillero Lighthouse has been removed as part of a renovation project, in advance of the incorporation of the lighthouse into a new maritime hotel with spectacular views.
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Jeremy D’Entremont is the author of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles on lighthouses and maritime history. He is the president and historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation and founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, and he has lectured and narrated cruises throughout the Northeast and in other regions. He is also the producer and host of the U.S. Lighthouse Society podcast, “Light Hearted.” He can be emailed at Jeremy@uslhs.org