Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
While staying at Rock Island State Park, we had the opportunity to hike over and tour the Pottawatomie Lighthouse. This is the oldest lighthouse in the state of Wisconsin and was originally built in 1836. It had to be rebuilt in the late 1850’s due to issues with the foundation and was reopened in 1858. The lighthouse had a live-in keeper present from 1836 to the late 1940’s. Generally there would also be either an assistant keeper or the wife of the keeper would act as an assistant. The keeper and his family would live on the first floor. The assistant and family would reside on the second. The kerosine had to be hauled up to the lighthouse tower in buckets by hand. In 1946, the US Coast Guard took over the running of the lighthouse and there was no longer a resident keeper. The residence was closed down and remained that way until the 1990’s when the Friends of Rock Island started the restoration process to be able to open up the lighthouse as a museum. The restoration focused on how it would have appeared from 1892 to 1910.