I worked as a tour guide for two summers at the Umpqua River Lighthouse in Oregon. This opportunity enabled me to learn more about this lighthouse than any of the others I've seen. Although I have personally visited 302 lighthouses in the United States and three Provinces in Canada, the Umpqua River Lighthouse has special meaning for me.
The Calumet Harbor Lighthouse is located on Lake Winnebago, Pipe, WI. Originally it was built as a water tower for the Fdelac Table Factory. Then in 1936 it was moved to Calumet Harbor and erected by the federally funded Water Works in Columbia, and also for use as a navigational aid. The tower and light actually set in Columbia Park. Slow deterioration took its toll and in the early 1980s the wooden staircase and observation decks were removed and the structural steel frame was left standing. The tower was restored in 1992 through joint efforts of the Columbia Park Tower Fund and Fond du lac County. The restored tower was dedicated on 2 Aug 1992. It affords a panoramic view of Lake Winnebago. At the time of my visit in 2002, this was an active light.