Thursday Doors: Breakwater

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 clickΒ 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.

28 responses to Thursday Doors: Breakwater

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Wow! That is quite a walk to the lighthouse. It’s good to see such dedication in the door cult (yeah,I caught that). Thanks for the sharing this and for including the link to the history page. You and Norm both gave me extra reading today. I always appreciate that. The history is quite interesting, it details a lot of activity and movement – but not the location of that key πŸ™‚

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You’re welcome, Dan. Always glad to share reading material. The key might be with the skeletal remains of the last lighthouse keeper…behind the black door, under the stairs.

      • Dan Antion says:

        One of those guys sounded like he was on the move 24/7 – Tot he light, then the bell, then the horn, row out and rescue someone. sheesh, I was getting tired reading the article πŸ˜‰

      • bikerchick57 says:

        That’s why I provided a link, Dan. Far too much information there. I didn’t want Norm to deduct points for detail overload.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        Not, sure, but I didn’t want to tempt fate. Perhaps Norm will read this and let us know about overload and possible deduction.

  2. BeckyB says:

    Fabulous door and love American lighthouses. It is a dream of mine to visit all the Lakes one day . . so far only managed brief looks of Michigan from Chicago and Erie from Erie, but guess at least that’s a start!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      That’s a nice dream, Becky. My favorite of the Lakes is Superior. It always seemed more pristine, more wild than the other lakes. As a child, my family and I would take driving vacations around the lake (when we could get into Canada without a passport) and stop at some beautiful locations.

      • BeckyB says:

        I must make this dream a reality . . . and if I can I’ll start with Lake Superior after your tip πŸ™‚ very envious that you were able to have it almost on your doorstep.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        I probably take for granted that I live so close to two of the Great Lakes. They really are a beautiful sight!

  3. Joanne Sisco says:

    What isn’t there to like? Water, lighthouse, doors … and an outing that invloved food and beverage. Perfect 😊

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I know, it was perfect. I thought about the area yesterday when the weather was perfect for a bike ride. If only I would have had the day off…

      • Joanne Sisco says:

        I did ride yesterday – my longest ride since last year’s bike crash. I rode with the Senior’s Group I joined on country roads along Lake Ontario. It was glorious!
        … and in spite of putting on sunscreen twice, I’m still burnt today.

  4. joey says:

    Oh wow! What a stunning spontaneous adventure! Great photos, great doors! πŸ™‚

  5. marianallen says:

    Very nice collection! I love doors that look used, even rusty ones. So many shapes and sizes here! And it looked like an absolutely PERFECT day. πŸ™‚

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It was a gorgeous day, although a little cool. It felt good to be by the water and feel the sun on my face. Of course, the doors were a bonus.

  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    Looks like it was a perfect day for an impromptu doorscursion. I love me a nice lighthouse and this one is no exception.
    I may regret saying this but technically since I don’t award points to begin with, it would be hard to deduct any for detail overload. Don’t tell Dan though, cause sometimes he comes close…real close πŸ˜‰

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Mum’s the word with anDay and his engthyLay ostsPay. Shhhhhh!!!

      Yup, I had to dig you out of the spam folder. What the heck, Norm? Quit commenting so much on my posts and trying to sell me stuff. Geez.

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