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Split Rock Light modelSplit Rock Lighthouse

1:300 scale miniature paper model, about 2 inches tall

After a violent 1905 November gale wrecked 30 boats and cost over 200 lives on Lake Superior, Congress approved construction of this beacon atop a 130-foot cliff to guide ships along the rugged and desolate North Shore. The lighthouse and connected office building were completed in 1910. The light's clamshell-shaped second-order Fresnel lens, rotating on a bed of mercury, projected a beam of light up to 22 miles in clear weather, flashing once every ten seconds.

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