Barb and Ken Wardius have traveled to, photographed, and researched all of Wisconsin's existing nautical treasures. They are also the authors of Cana Island Lighthouse. Sought after lighthouse speakers, the Wardiuses take pride in sharing their photography and historical studies with others. Believing that lighthouse preservation is an important goal, Barb and Ken also belong to numerous lighthouse organizations.
Wind Point Lighthouseby Barb Wardius, Ken Wardius
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Several lighthouses have called Racine home, but none is more synonymous with the nautical heritage of the "Belle City" than Wind Point. Always a beehive of activity, the Wind Point Lighthouse is one of the larger lighthouse complexes on the Great Lakes, and a hardworking keeper, two assistants, and their families made their livelihood here. For over 125 years, the tall stately tower has faithfully stood guard, shining its bright beam out over Lake Michigan nightly. Countless mariners relied on the Wind Point Lighthouse, along with a booming trademark foghorn for safe passage. Today the Wind Point Lighthouse is the most well-known symbol of Racine and is a success story among Great Lakes lights. A devoted friends group, in partnership with the Village of Wind Point, sees that the legacy and history of the Wind Point Lighthouse is preserved for future generations.
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