Friday, February 23, 2007

Returning the favor

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the saving of the Racine, Wisconsin breakwater light. In 1987, the people of Racine, not wanting to lose a piece of its maritime history to the wrecking ball, petitioned the government to turn the light tower over to the municipality of Racine. The light that was constructed to keep vessels and people safe is now safely memorialized. Though no longer an active aid to navigation, the bright red tower greets boats entering and exiting the marina on the city’s Lake Michigan shore.

The light is a feature of the city’s Festival Park. A nearby observation deck, from which this photo was taken, offers a sweeping view of the harbor, the lake and the Wind Point lighthouse five miles to the north.

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2007 James Jordan.


Josh Kim said...

Hi James,

Thank you for your comment!

I have a feeling, this memorizing entire book business is going to continue well after Lent...

Lots of really nice pictures to see here! Bookmarked on, for me.

Consider making wallpapers?

Dirty Butter said...

I'm glad the people of Racine had enough sense to preserve their history! I posted some time ago on our Yesterday's Memories blog about the short sightedness the people of Birmingham displayed when it came to the Terminal, one of the vintage buildings in town.

Exquisite photo and great accompanying text, as usual.