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Lake Michigan with lighthouse, as seen from a beach in Racine, WI
Lake Michigan with lighthouse in distance

View of Lake Michigan with the Wind Point Lighthouse in the distance, as seen from the beach near the Racine Zoo in Racine, Wisconsin.

The Wind Point Lighthouse has become a familiar icon of the Racine area, thanks to the many artists and photographers who have captured its beauty.

Built in 1880 -- at a total cost of $100,000 -- the 112-foot lighthouse helped make Racine a safe harbor. Before the lighthouse's beacon began guiding Lake Michigan boaters, a lone tree served as a landmark for sailors off the Point.

Today, the lighthouse buildings serve as municipal offices for the Village of Wind Point. Though the Lighthouse interior is not open to the public, visitors can stroll the grounds and enjoy the view. (Source:




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