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Photograph of first assistant (and eventual head light keeper) Franklin J. Covell standing next to the Split Rock Lighthouse lens c.1920.
Photograph of Split Rock Light Station and a tram car, c.1916.
United States Light House Service uniform hat worn by Orren Young, the first head light keeper at Split Rock Light Station. Young wore the hat between 1910 and 1928.
Photograph of Split Rock Lighthouse being built c.1909.
Sectional diagram of the Split Rock tower. Created no earlier than 1907 and no later than 1969.
Split Rock Lighthouse Station. Photographed by Dennis Adams of the Federal Highway Administration c.2000.
Split Rock Lighthouse opened in the summer of 1910 to guide bulk ore ships sailing near Lake Superior's rocky coast. By 1940, its picturesque North Shore setting had made it one of the most visited lighthouses in the United States.
John Beargrease and his family, c.1895. Image courtesy the Cook County Historical Society.
John Beargrease, undated. Image courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society.
Minnesota Home Defense and Elmer Sell at Sells Airfield.
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