Lighthouse Keeper Legacy Lives On

Northland Uncovered: Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse is a staple for tourist stops in the Northland.

It provides decades of history for the shipping industry and shows what life was like on the North Shore 100 years ago.

The current site manager, Lee Radzak, helps keep the history there alive. 

Radzak is the modern version of a lighthouse keeper, constantly making sure things are moving smoothly, “it’s humbling and it’s an honor to be able to do that because so much of the job does reflect what the keepers did.”

From 1910 to 1969 35 different lighthouse keepers kept watch on the beacon keeping sailors safe.

“I walk the same grounds, climb the same stairs, be here at night when they were here,” said Radzak.

Due to advancements in technology many of these duties are no longer performed.

Radzak has been the site manager for 33 years and has lived on the site that entire time.

“You do feel kind of the spirit of the 35 men and their families that did serve here over time,” Radzak explained.

Split Rock Lighthouse is open everyday through MEA weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The lighthouse is located at 3755 Split Rock Lighthouse Road, Two Harbors, MN 55616.

For more information, head to the Minnesota DNR website.

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