Lake Minatare Tower . North Platte Wildlife Refuge . Nebraska . Watercolor . 9" x 12"


... Lake Minatare was dammed in Western Nebraska, as a Federal irrigation reservoir in 1915, as a follow-up to the Wyoming, Pathfinder Dam - Sweetwater Project of 1908. It covers 2,158 acres and fills most of a 2,970-acre federal waterfowl refuge. This tower is called a "lighthouse" in Nebraska. I've been to many lighthouses... this is not a lighthouse. It does not have, and never has had a light. This 55-foot tall, round stone tower, was built by the Veterans Conservation Corps in 1939, as an observation post. It is a nice and very well built tower with four; low roofed, open pavilion wings fanning out at 90-degree intervals and joined at the tower's base. It looks like a lighthouse... and it could very well be lit, if someone ever decides to run electric up the interior and install a stack of LEDs. Then it could be called a light tower... or a "lighthouse"... just sayin'. I visited in 2016.




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