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Twin Ports to mark Lighthouse Day

Free events Wednesday will commemorate lighthouse federalization

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A wave dashes itself into spray against the north pier lighthouse at the Duluth harbor entry Oct. 10. (file / News Tribune)

On Wednesday, the Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center will celebrate Lighthouse Day, marking the 230th anniversary of President George Washington’s signing of the 9th act of Congress. On Aug. 7, 1789, Washington signed a bill that made the nation’s lighthouses federal assets.

The Visitor Center will host several free events this Wednesday to commemorate the act:

  • From 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. Family activities, including opportunities to make a lighthouse and to make a lighthouse postcard.

  • 11 a.m. Program on the 1905 Mataafa storm and the lighthouses that were built in its aftermath.

  • 11:15 to 3:15 p.m. A walking tour with park rangers featuring Duluth’s three lighthouses, piers and the Aerial Lift Bridge.

  • 12:45 to 3:45 p.m. Hourly films on Great Lakes lighthouses in the lecture hall.

Anyone with questions may contact the center at (218) 788-6434.

Peter Passi covers city government for the Duluth News Tribune. He joined the paper in April 2000, initially as a business reporter but has worked a number of beats through the years.
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