Fond du Lac Light
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
The lighthouse is an oddity. It is one of the state’s few lighthouses not located on a Great Lake.
This lighthouse has a flagstone base and wooden frame tower, the eight-sided tower is a Cape Cod design. The lighthouse is 40 feet tall.
The tower is open May 1-Oct. Hikers can climb an interior wooden staircase that winds around the lighthouse’s sides. There is an observation deck at the top where you see great views of Lake Winnebago.
In many ways, the lighthouse is a symbol of hope. It was constructed in 1933 at the height of the Great Depression when nearly 1 in 4 of workers was unemployed. Local lumberman W.J. Nuss donated money for the project, and out-of-work city laborers were hired to erect it. Soon other residents donated money as well, and the local Yacht Club paid for the $200 red beacon. The lighthouse replaced a red light that guided mariners in and out of the harbor.
Each holiday season, a cutout of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is placed atop the tower with its red light used as his nose