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100 Bay Beach Road

National or State Register of Historic Places
100 Bay Beach Road | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Grassy Island Range Lights
Reference Number:04001484
Location (Address):100 Bay Beach Road
City/Village:Green Bay
Grassy Island Range Lights
Green Bay Yacht Club
100 Bay Beach Road
Green Bay, Brown County
Date of Construction: 1872

The Grassy Island Range Lights are rare examples of a common nineteenth century navigational aid designed to help mariners entering and leaving a harbor. Range lights always came in pairs, the front (lower) light being shorter than the taller rear (upper) light. When a ship had these lights lined up, one above the other, the captain knew that it was on a safe course.

Originally, these two lights were situated on Grassy Island, which is located just outside the mouth of the Fox River in Green Bay. Because this low, narrow island prevented ships from making a straight approach into the port of Green Bay, workers cut a straight channel through the island. In order to guide ships through this channel the range lights were built along its east edge in 1872. These lights were originally part of a larger station complex that included a light keeper house, a boathouse, an oil house for the oil burned in the light, gardens, piers, and long walkways along the channel edges. All of these structures, except for the lights, were demolished when the channel was widened in 1966. Fortunately, the lights were saved and moved to shore in 1966, and were moved to their present location on the Fox River in 1999. They have since been restored.

Please note that the range lights are on private property and belong to the Green Bay Yacht Club, which is a gated property that is open only to its members. You can get a good general view of the range lights from the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Station, which is located next door, or from the river.

Period of Significance:1872
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Transportation: Water-Related
Architectural Style:Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements
Resource Type:Structure
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:01/12/2005
State Register Listing Date:11/15/2004
Number of Contributing Buildings:0
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:2
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:2
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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