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The second Sheboygan Lighthouse, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, was more commonly known as the North Point Lighthouse. In 1904, when the government announced that the 1860 structure would be discontinued and possibly torn down, the locals as well as ship owners protested with petitions and letters to Washington, D.C. However, the local government engineer said that the new steel lighthouse tower being built on the North Pier, with its more powerful beacon, would be all that is needed. When the North Point Light in Sheboygan was discontinued on August 29, 1904, its tower and lantern were removed. The structure was eventually auctioned off and purchased by a Dr. William H. Gunther, a local physician, who had the building moved two blocks away and turned into a two-flat income-producing property. The doctor then built a new home on the site of the former lighthouse. A 1926 report indicated that the daughter of lighthouse keeper Godfrey Stamm, Mrs. Lizette Cook, who was born in the North Point Lighthouse, stated that, “She remembers many interesting stories concerning the history” of that structure. But what happened to those presumably written memories is unclear. (Lighthouse Digest archives)
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