So we finally made it to our northernmost destination, Split Rock State Park. It was nearing dark when we got there and, once again, I knew we would have to come back the following day to get some shots. I just wanted to get an idea of what it was going to be like around the area to shoot. The place was empty, and it was awesome. It was by far the coolest lighthouse on the trip, and we got there at just the right time to take some pictures.
Built in 1910, on top of a 130' cliff, Split Rock Lighthouse soars nearly 170' above Lake Superior, and can be seen from 25 miles out to sea. When constructed there were no roads to the site so everything was delivered by boat and hoisted up to the top of the cliff by crane.
In 1995 it was chosen to represent Lake Superior in a series of five lighthouse stamps, one for each of the Great Lakes. Although the light has been retired, it is lit every November 10th in memory of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald which sank in 1975.
If you want to see a lighthouse, go see this one. It is unbelievable. We didn't even go in the museum or anything. It is worth the drive just to see the rocks, the cliffs, and this incredible lighthouse. Do yourself a favor, plan a weekend, and just go. You won't regret it.