of the Chloe Ellefson Mysteries
by Kathleen Ernst
Someone once said you can't go home again. I know I've sometimes broken my own heart by visiting a special place...only to discover that it isn't so special anymore.
Happily, there are exceptions to the rule. And one of those is Pottawatomie Lighthouse, in Rock Island State Park.
|Welcome to the oldest light station on Lake Michigan.|
|After taking a car ferry to Washington Island, a passenger ferry will take you to Rock Island.|
|I stayed in the Master Keeper's bedroom. Here it is, all restored!|
|The evening I arrived I found a body here, on the beach below the lighthouse.|
This summer I had a chance to visit, and see how the project turned out. There are so many ways a project like this can go wrong that I was a bit fearful. All I can say is this: the restoration is magnificent.
|The lighthouse is restored to its 1912 appearance.|
|For many years, every drop of water needed at the lighthouse was carried 154 steps up from the lake.|
|The best thing to arrive on supply boats was a new library trunk!|
|Docents will guide you through the building.|
|The view makes the climb worthwhile!|
|Trillium---one of many wildflowers on the island.|
|Explore Rock's deserted shoreline.|
|Wander through this meadow and imagine the lively village of fishermen and their families once found here.|
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