A View From North Point Light

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Postby Grover1 » Fri Sep 12, 2008 5:00 am

The tease is that there was no picture with the article ... from The Journal-Sentinel

On a clear day, you can see — Sheboygan?!

New Heights ?
Pilot House at Discovery World?

OK, unlike Denver (one mile above sea level), Milwaukee (581-and-change feet above sea level) may not be known for its great, vista-like views.

We've shaded our eyes and gazed out of five great Milwaukee places with views with some zoom. Here are spots where you can take a visit to new heights and enjoy local altitudes with special attitudes.

Lake effect
North Point Lighthouse, 2650 N. Wahl Ave.

Built in 1888, the octagon-shaped charmer, Milwaukee's most gasp-producing summit, opened to the public in January after a $1.7 million restoration. Tours enable visitors to climb to the top of the 74-foot tower.

Your eye will spy: The lakefront, Lake Park, Milwaukee's downtown, and the harbor as far as Cudahy.

That's the reward for courageous visitors with grit enough to climb the staircase and - ultimately - the metal ladder to the top of the lighthouse tower. (Be prepared: You must be at least 5 years old, at least 38 inches tall and sign a release to visit the tower).

But even those who cannot gather their courage to the climbing point will love a visit to the light station's keeper's quarters. Newly refurbished wooden floors and paneling bespeak of inland seas and the golden age of Great Lakes shipping. The quarters also house what lighthouse board member John Enright calls a "one-of-a-kind" collection of antique Lake Michigan maritime instruments, from brass ship's compasses to dinner plates belonging to the namesake of the doomed SS Edmund Fitzgerald, Mr. Fitzgerald himself.

Exhibits trace the lighthouse's history and the amazing 19th-century technology that built it (the rivets alone have a story to tell). And be sure to trod the vintage bridges and pose before the lions and other statuary on the nearby park grounds.

Hours: May-October: Saturdays 1 p.m. to-4 p.m. November-April: First Saturday of the month 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. (414) 332-6754.

The other views ... http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=793460
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