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In Search of the American Beam

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Postby Grover1 » Sun Nov 25, 2007 7:23 pm


From Twin Cities.com

http://www.twincities.com/ci_7528651?so ... ck_check=1

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Postby Hersh » Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:37 pm


I'm sure it's a lovely story, but I don't want to set up an account there.... :(
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Postby Gary Martin » Mon Nov 26, 2007 3:41 pm


All I get is the sign in page and I don't want an account there either.
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Postby Grover1 » Mon Nov 26, 2007 7:08 pm


Sorry for the occurrence ... I've managed to avoid so many of those type sights ... this link opened right up for me ... trust I have no subscription ...
It was a good and informative article ... here's the first couple paragraphs ...

When Lake Superior lighthouses had keepers, there was nothing romantic about life there.

The posts were cold, lonely and meagerly furnished on the government dime. The work was physically taxing and repetitive. Through the long nights, keepers had to get up every two hours to wind the mechanism that rotated the lens.

It's no wonder many of the early lighthouse keepers were hermits or grouches.

Lighthouses are happier places these days. That's because the work is automated, and at some, people can be guests, enjoying all the glamour without any of the grunt work.

Around Lake Superior, five lighthouses welcome guests year-round. Upholstered comfort has replaced civil-service austerity, and when a guest is curled up in an easy chair drinking a glass of brandy, those howling winds do seem kind of romantic. The pea-soup fogs that made long-ago keepers worry about shipwrecks send us on reveries about the old days, when Lake Superior often exacted a harsh toll on those who lived with it.
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