On the edge of Split Rock Lighthouse State Park between the eastern Minnesota border and the western Lake Superior border lies the Minnesota Spit Rock Lighthouse. It is a true captured moment in time that allows visitors to relive a piece of Minnesota history.
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The lighthouse was completed in 1910 and from inception began receiving more tourist visits than any federally operated lighthouse in existence. Due to changes in technology, the lighthouse was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1969, but it still stands as a beacon of the past.
In 1905 there was a historic storm across Lake Superior which came to be known as the Mataafa Storm. In that storm, 29 ships and their sailor crews were lost to the depths of the great lake. This prompted government officials to fund a $75,000 project to build the lighthouse and purchase the land.
Minnesota’s Split Rock Lighthouse is one of the state’s most beautiful and picturesque landscapes. For this reason, it still remains a must-see tourist attraction to anyone visiting the area. The accompanying state park provides various accommodations and a host of activities to keep everyone in the family occupied and having a lot of fun.