Over the Memorial Day weekend, my brother, the girlfriend and I paid a visit to the Manitowoc Breakwater Lighthouse. Manitowoc, WI, sits on the western shores of Lake Michigan, about an hour’s drive from where I live. I’ve been to this city many times to feel the cool effects of the lake shore, to ride the Maritime trail on the bike, to visit West of the Lake Gardens for splendid summer color, or to eat lunch at Courthouse Pub, one of my favorite dining establishments in the city.
This day, we were too early for the gardens, but we managed a hearty lunch, a sampling of suds, and a walk out to the lighthouse. It was also an unexpected and unplanned doorscursion.
The beginning of the lighthouse…
“Upon an appointment by the Board of Navy Commissioners to examine proposed lighthouse sites on the Great Lakes, Lieutenant G. J. Pendergrast visited Manitowoc in 1837 and reported, ‘At this place the river is of good size, and may be easily formed into a harbor. The town is at present quite small, but bids fair to become a place of importance. I therefore recommend that the proposed light-house should be erected.’ Congress had appropriated $5,000 for the construction of a lighthouse at Manitowoc on March 3, 1837, and following the favorable report by Lt. Pendergrast, a Mr. Lyon of Tecumesh, Michigan, was charged with selecting a suitable site and seeing the work was carried out.”
There is plenty of information if you are interested in reading more about this lighthouse. Click HERE for a lengthy history lesson or to simply check out the photo of the original and newer breakwater lighthouses. In 1919, they were standing side-by-side, but eventually the original lighthouse left the premises.
Today is about doors, though, and you shall have them.
There is more to this story than a lighthouse. It’s quite a walk out to the doors, as you’ll see in the second gallery, but plenty to see and photograph along the way. It was a cool day, but the blue skies and sun brought out a lot of people, their kids and a few dogs that were brave enough to chase their toys into the cold waters of Lake Michigan.
Thursday Doors is a featured event that beautifies the entire world with a plethora of colorful doors and an accompaniment of buildings and other stuff, like blue water and baby geese. The Master of Thursday Doors, Norm at Norm 2.0, is waiting for you to join him and the rest of his door
cult following. Simply click HERE to check out Norm’s door post of the week, then scroll down to find the blue froggie thing. If you click on that, you will find other posts to peruse and incentive to join in.