Our 2012 Travels travel blog










Our last stop for the day was at Point Park in Ashtabula, Ohio to see if we could see the Ashtabula Lighthouse. We found Point Park which overlooks the Ashtabula Harbor and found that we could at least see the lighthouse. The light is located on a long breakwall that doesn't look to safe to walk. The best way to get close to this lighthouse is by boat!

The Ashtabula Harbor's lighthouse was established in 1836, and rebuilt again in 1905 and 1916. The light has been automated since 1973 and is still active. The museum was the original Keeper’s house and offers a great view of the harbor, coal dock and lighthouse. Of course, it was closed when we arrived.

From Point Park, you can also see the river, coal conveyor, shipping docks, and the historic lift bridge.

The Ashtabula Lift bridge (also know as the West Fifth Street bridge) is a Strauss bascule bridge that spans the Ashtabula River. It was built in 1925 and was restored in 1986 and repaired and repainted in 2009. Ashtabula's Lift bridge was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

The other bascule bridge in Ohio is in Lorain so we'll have to see if we can find that one since we are in Lorain quite often.

Well, our next stop was to find a bathroom and then head back to the campground. It felt like a much longer drive heading home!


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