Former Split Rock Lighthouse keeper releases book on his career |

Former Split Rock Lighthouse keeper releases book on his career

Created: June 10, 2021 11:14 PM

The northland knows and loves the Split Rock Lighthouse and learning about the stories of the historic site. And now a new book is coming out from the mind of one of the site's former lighthouse keepers.

Lee Radzak began working as the resident historic site manager at Split Rock Lighthouse in 1982. He worked there for more than 30 years, and is sharing the stories of his experience.

The View from Split Rock Lighthouse: A Lighthouse Keeper's Life is written by Radzak and author Curt Brown. 

During a virtual book launch on Thursday, Radzak shares how he turned on the lighthouse on what was then the 10th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, after hearing Gordon Lightfoot’s iconic song on the radio.

"I thought about it, this is the 10th anniversary, this is kind of special deal,” said Radzak. “I've got access to the keys to the lighthouse and the switch for the beacon. When I get home it'll be just dusk and I’m going to turn the beacon on for a few hours and rotate it." 

The full virtual launch of their book can be viewed on the Minnesota Historical Society's YouTube channel. And the book can is available for purchase on the Historical Society’s website.

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