On Lake Minatare in the panhandle of western Nebraska there is a lighthouse that doesn’t actually contain a light. The Lake Minatare Lighthouse is one of only seven inland lighthouses in the United States. It was built in the late 1930s by the Veterans Conservation Corps, a New Deal agency that provided jobs to unemployed veterans during the Great Depression. The 55 foot stone structure on a peninsula on the lake today it stands as a symbol of a former age. Last July I went to Lake Minatare to visit the lighthouse and climb to the top.
As I climbed the stairs to the top, I found the walls to be very close. In fact, my shoulders touched both sides as I ascended. Definitely not something someone who is claustrophobia would want to do.
A few minutes after I arrived at the top I saw witnessed a beautiful sunrise over the lake. As the sun rose in the east it lined up perfectly with the easternmost window at the top.
The view looking west.