Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Moonrise

Paul Sundberg

Recently I lined up next to 60 other photographers along Minnesota’s North Shore anxiously waiting for the winter moon to rise above Split Rock Lighthouse. For many years, though, site manager Lee Radzak and I were the only photographers in sight. Read more


For decades of dedication and service, beyond the call of work, to the restoration and preservation of Split Rock Lighthouse and for helping to create a thriving local community with his volunteer efforts, Lee Radzak is our Achievement Award winner. Read more

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Phil Bencomo / Lake Superior Magazine

Around the Circle This Week: Deep Freeze

Thawing out from the sub-zero cold snap; an Upper Peninsula bridge is added to the National Register of Historic Places; Split Rock Lighthouse to host a special photography event; and the History Channel's "Axe Men" will feature a Wisconsin company. Read more

Jan 25, 2013 4:42 PM Superior Notes


Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

Around the Circle This Week: A 50-Year Span

The International Bridge turns 50; Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, the photographer behind the viral image of John Unger and his dog, Schoep, debuts a photo exhibit; Northlanders help the East Coast recover; and a peek at the week ahead. Read more

Nov 9, 2012 12:35 PM Superior Notes

The Keepers of Split Rock Lighthouse

Minnesota Historical Society Split Rock Collection

Civilian keepers served at Split Rock from 1910 to 1961, when the U.S. Coast Guard took over the duties. Read more


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


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


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 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


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    Christian Dalbec

    Christian Dalbec

    Photographer Christian Dalbec near Split Rock Lighthouse.

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