A news report about the USS Iowa gun turret explosion in 1989.
Federal Gov. Giving Away Lighthouse
The federal government is giving away a lighthouse. If you're one to often entertain romantic visions of frolicking through the heather surrounding your very own remote lighthouse, this could be your lucky day. The Federal Government has announced they'll be giving away a lighthouse located near the Wisconsin shores of Lake Superior. They do have some conditions you'll have to agree to before they hand over the keys. You will have to devote the property to educational, historical, cultural or recreational uses. The structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, so any repairs, upgrades, and additions will have to be within their guidelines. Unexpected guests could stop by as the Coast Guard will retain full access to the property. You should also know that coldest recorded temp in the area is 37 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. Lake Superior is, of course, known for things other than its punishing weather. Among its notable literary nods is as a setting for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha, where it's referred to as Gitche Gumee.