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Chicago Harbor Light
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© Christine Till
Three main lighthouses have stood watch over Chicago Harbor as the city has grown from a small military outpost to the third-largest city in the United States. The Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, also called the Chicago Breakwater Light, is the only surviving lighthouse in Chicago and one of only two remaining in Illinois.
Built in 1893, the Lighthouse reflects the proud heritage of Chicago and the pivotal role the city played in US maritime history, connecting the Great Lakes to the East Coast and ultimately to the Gulf Coast. The 48-foot-high lighthouse played such a significant role in the development of Chicago that it is commemorated in a relief sculpture, entitled "The Spirit of the Waters," located near the LaSalle Street entrance of Chicago's City Hall.
October 8th, 2012
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