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Two Harbors Trip - October 2011 - Split Rock Lighthouse | by pmarkham
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Two Harbors Trip - October 2011 - Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse is one of the few lighthouses left in the world that has the original clockworks in place. The clockworks is similar in concept to a giagantic grandfather clock. There is a large counterweight that drops down the center of the tower. This falling weight causes the clockworks to spin, which after going through a series of gears causes the lens of the lighthouse to rotate.

 

In most lighthouses the clockworks has been replaced with an electric motor.

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Taken on October 22, 2011