A Lighthouse Home

The Raspberry Island Lighthouse, located on Lake Superior, was constructed in 1863 for $6,000, At the time, the head lighthouse keeper at Raspberry Island earned an annual salary of $600 for his work.

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As originally built, the Raspberry lighthouse was a boxy, two-bedroom house with a shed at one side containing the kitchen. The small lighthouse easily accommodated one lighthouse keeper and his family, but tending the lamp without an assistant keeper was a difficult, tiring job. A married keeper could rely on his wife for help, but it was still hard and dangerous work. Eventually the lighthouse building was renovated and expanded to make room for an assistant lighthouse keeper and his family.

Even though I know that working as a lighthouse keeper was most likely a lonely and thankless job, I can't help but find the idea of living in a lighthouse a romantic notion. What about you? Would you ever consider living in a lighthouse?

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