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Annual Beacon Lighting at Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors

by Jessie Hawkins

You can visit the Split Rock Light house in Two Harbors any time...but on November 10th you'll not only feel the chill of the November air but a chill may run up your spine as you observe the annual beacon lighting to commemorate the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald.  It's an experience both beautiful and bittersweet.  The Annual beacon lighting will be held Sunday, November 10th from noon until 6pm.

The Split Rock Lighthouse on the rugged and rocky shores of the big Gitche Gumee (Ojibwe Gichigami for big water) was essential for the ships to navigate the water of Lake Superior until advances in technology left the Split Rock Lighthouse no longer needed. However, once a year the beacon at Split Rock is lit in memory of those who perished in the cold waters of Lake Superior including the 29 men who were claimed by the Gitche Gumee on November 10, 1975 with the Edmund Fitzgerald during a powerful storm. 


Cost for the Beacon Lighting event is $7 per person and free for members of the Minnesota Historical Society.  For more information you can call 218-226-6372 or log on to http://www.mnhs.org/splitrock