Hugh E. Bishop

Hermit Island Mansion

Joy Morgan Dey / Haunted Lake Superior

Whether the ghost of a man named William Wilson treads Hermit Island in Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands is unclear, but the history of the place certainly has enough bizarre twists to make it possible that his ghostly presence may still be lurking there. Read more

The Lake

Lighthouses of Western Lake Superior

Dennis O'Hara

The lake’s western lighthouses seem to have fewer heroic tales than those found on the Shipwreck Coast of Michigan or in the Apostle Islands, but when the winds and waves roared or the fog rolled in, these lightkeepers worked just as diligently. Read more


Split Rock Lighthouse

Minnesota Historical Society Split Rock Collection

It took a catastrophic November storm to convince the U.S. Congress to build what would become among the most recognized and beautiful landmarks on Lake Superior – Split Rock Lighthouse. Read more


Family Life at Split Rock Lighthouse

Minnesota Historical Society Split Rock Collection

Before Minnesota Highway 61 was built, boats were the only means of transportation to Split Rock Lighthouse. Life at the lighthouse could be lonely for the early keepers and their families. Read more


Split Rock's Keeper of the Light

Lake Superior Magazine

Split Rock site manager Lee Radzak and his wife, Jane, moved into the middle keeper's house in 1982, the latest in a long line of light-keeping families. It's the only home their two children have ever known. Read more


Split Rock Lighthouse

Lee Radzak

From its 1822 introduction, the Fresnel lens became the standard for lighthouses throughout the world. The 3rd Order Fresnel lens installed at Split Rock was one of the most widely used fixtures and is one of the key features of the site. Read more


Entire generations now have no active memories of November 10, 1975, but the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald continues to fascinate, mystify and preoccupy young and old. Read more


An awful lot can happen in a few thousand years. That's why it's hard to narrow to only 20 items this list of noteworthy events in the Lake's history. Read more

, Lake Superior

The profusion of Lake Superior art produced by the Sivertsons has become even more highly prized than the fish that Sivertson ancestors produced from the Lake. Read more


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