The View from Split Rock by Lee Radzak and Curt Brown
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Featured on The Thread: Former longtime Split Rock Lighthouse keeper on what the job was really like
n 1982, Lee Radzak and his wife, Jane, moved into the middle keeper’s house at Split Rock Lighthouse, launching Lee's career as the site's resident manager. Over the next 36 years, they raised a family, marveled at the lake’s beauty, endured gigantic storms, and answered the questions posed by more than four million visitors.
Working with journalist and author Curt Brown, Radzak takes readers into the everyday experiences, the remarkable surprises, and the seasonal round of the life of a lighthouse keeper at Split Rock. He also discusses its construction in 1909, the technology that has powered the light and the foghorns, the stories of its keepers, and his decision in 1985 to light the beacon in memory of the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald.