When I first read about the Lake Minatare Lightouse, I wondered why in the world a small lake in the middle of Nebraska would need a lighthouse??
Then I found out that is just for looks! Haha!
The Lake Minatare Lighthouse is a historic mock lighthouse located on Lake Minatare near the city of Scottsbluff in Nebraska. The 55-foot tower was built by the Veterans Conservation Corps in 1939 and is currently located within the North Platte National Wildlife Refuge. Designed as a combination shelter house and observation tower, it was "built to simulate a lighthouse." According to a brochure we read, it is one of only seven inland lighthouses in the United States.
It is still pretty cool, and since my wife and I are lighthouse fans (Blake has started to catch the lighthouse fever) we could not pass the chance on seeing this free curiosity of the curious state of Nebraska. We climbed up pretty quickly and at the top we talked about buying an old lighthouse and converting into a home or bed and breakfast! Whose bedroom would be at the top though?
We got a nice shot of Howard from the top through the window bars.