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"Superior Entry" lighthouse offered to public

SUPERIOR, WI (WTAQ) - A lighthouse that has helped boaters enter Wisconsin at Superior is being offered for free – but you’d have to maintain it and use it for something positive.

The “Superior Entry” lighthouse is still operating, but the U.S. Coast Guard says it no longer needs it.

Now, the 100-year-old structure is being offered to eligible groups who would use it for some type of recreation, cultural or education agency, or historic preservation.

A buyer would have to agree to several conditions – and the Coast Guard would have the option of running, replacing, or moving the structure’s light and foghorn.

The offer is part of a preservation effort started 13 years ago.

The Coast Guard has converted 92 lighthouses to new uses. Milwaukee’s North Point Lighthouse is now a public museum.

The lighthouse at Superior is located on Wisconsin Point. It started being built in 1911, and the light was first turned on in 1913. The foghorn sounds twice as minute, as needed, for up to three seconds per blast.