Split Rock Lighthouse will shine for Gordon Lightfoot

The Split Rock Lighthouse beacon will be lit Wednesday night in honor of Gordon Lightfoot, who passed away this week.

The beacon will be on from 9-11 p.m. Wednesday, May 3. The historic site and visitor center will be closed, but the lighthouse can be seen from Split Rock State Park.

Lightfoot wrote the song “The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” Split Rock’s beacon is also lit every Nov. 10 in honor of the ship’s crew who were lost at sea when the Fitz sank in 1975.

“Gordon Lightfoot was a storyteller,” Split Rock Lighthouse Site Manager Hayes Scriven said in a press release. “His song resonated with so many people and made them feel as if they were there for the tragedy. We felt compelled to honor his legacy with tonight’s lighting.”

Lightfoot was 84.