New Site Manager Hired for Split Rock Lighthouse on North Shore

New Site Manager Hired for Split Rock Lighthouse on North Shore Click to Enlarge

The historic Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior's North Shore is getting a new manager next month.

Hayes Scriven will succeed Lee Radzak who retired in April after 36 years at site manager. Scriven was the executive director of the Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior.

The Minnesota-Duluth graduate will oversee a staff of 35 and be in charge of preservation, programming and community outreach. Scriven and his family will live on site at the state park and he called the position a "dream come true."

He starts November 1st.

According to the Minnesota DNR, for 59 years, the keepers at Split Rock warned ships away from the rock and treacherous North Shore with its 370,000-candlepower beacon. In 1971, the federal government deeded the lighthouse station to the State of Minnesota to be operated as a historic site. In 1976, the Minnesota Historical Society assumed operation of the site which included one of the most photographed lighthouses in the United States.

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