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Name: Sherwood Point Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Idlewild, Wisconsin, United States

Location: Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Lake Michigan.

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Photo: Alan Culley
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Managing Organization:
U.S. Coast Guard

This was the last staffed lighthouse on the Great Lakes. There is a memorial marker for assitant keeper Minnie Cochems near the lighthouse.

Tower Height: 37

Height of Focal Plane: 61

Characteristic and Range: White light; 3 seconds on, 3 seconds off.

Description of Tower: White, square brick tower atatched to keeper's dwelling.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Intergral 1.5 story brick keeper's house; fog bell tower.

Date Established: 1883

Date Present Tower Built: 1883

Date Automated: 1983

Optics: 1883: Fifth order Fresnel lens; 1892: Fourth order Fresnel lens (removed in 2002 and replaced by modern optic, now at Door County Maritime Museum)

Current Use: Active aid to navigation, Coast Guard housing.

Open To Public? During Door County Lighthouse Walk in May only.

This light station is usually not open to the public; it is sometimes open during the Door County Lighthouse Walk in May. Call (920) 743-5958 for information.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Henry Stanley (1883-1895, died in service); William Cochems (assistant, ?-1895, then keeper 1895-1933); Minnie Hesh Cochems (assistant, 1898-1928, died in service); Michael Norocki (?); Patrick Quick (Coast Guard, 1969-1972); Henry Gugler (Coast Guard Officer in Charge, 1970-1972); Steve Wozniac (Coast Guard, c. 1970); Jim Werba (Coast Guard, c. 1970); Rodney “Clark” Goldthrop, USCG, OIC, 1972-1973.


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