Stationed at the edge of a cliff in Silver Bay, Minnesota, USA the Split Rock Lighthouse is a favorite for many, and has been for nearly a century. Although it is quite young compared to many other lighthouses in the United states, it is still has a strong history and is situated in a picturesque environment.
Originally this lighthouse was constructed back in 1910 by an engineer by the name of Ralph Russell Tinkham, and the reason is due to the fact that there were a lot of ships getting lost in shipwrecks on Lake Superior. For a little more than 50 years this lighthouse served as a light tower, and it had a fog signal that was very useful to anyone who had a hard time seeing through those foggy days in times past. Back in 1969 this lighthouse was retired but was still kept open, and as of June 2011 it became a historic landmark for the nation.
When visiting this area one can look to enjoy a tour of the lighthouse and surrounding areas, places to camp in tents, biking, hiking, picnic areas, waterfalls, and all the activities that are associated with Lake Superior. If you decide to visit this lighthouse, be sure to drop by the Minnesota history center for more details about the area. Enjoy!