Wind Point Lighthouse replica
dedication ceremony Sunday October 17
The public is invited to attend the dedication to enjoy refreshments and hotdogs. The lighthouse replica is in memory of Patricia A. Rowe, of Havasu, who was the first elected female officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 92 - Lake Havasu in the late 1960s, according to her husband, Dean Rowe, also of Havasu.
Wind Point Lighthouse Replica
Patricia Rowe was also the First Commander of the all-female Coast Guard ordered patrol on Lake Havasu and established the first Lake Havasu Mariner (Girl Explorer) Unit, according to a press release issued by the lighthouse clubhouse.
Patricia Rowe passed away in 1977. She and her husband had two children together, Bill and Vicki Rowe, both of Phoenix. The lighthouse replica sponsorship for the Wind Point light in memory of Patricia Rowe is a Christmas present from Dean Rowe to his now adult children. “I wanted my kids to have some sort of a memorial for their mom,” Dean Rowe said. “It is about 5 years in the works. During all these years, there has never been any marker for their mom … It is kind of a big deal to the family.”
Patricia Rowe is originally from Racine. She lived four or five miles from Wind Point light when she was young, Dean Rowe explained. The Rowe children will travel to Havasu for the ceremony as well as Patricia’s sister, who is traveling from Wisconsin. The location of the light at Site Six is also significant since it is where the local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
group used to operate out of back in the day, according to Dean Rowe.
Lake Havasu City Lighthouse Club will dedicate its 20th lighthouse replica 2 p.m. Sunday during a memorial/dedication ceremony at Site Six.
The entrance to the ceremony location is a driveway located 100 to 200 feet from the entrance of Site Six. The alternate entrance will be marked for the event.
The new light is a replica of the original Wind Point Lighthouse, located 3.5 miles north of Racine, Wis., on the banks of Lake Michigan. It was completed in 1880 and has since served as a Navigation point. The 108-foot original is one of the tallest and Oldest lights still serving as a navigation beacon on the Great Lakes.
The Lake Havasu City based replica is 22-feet tall. It is constructed of stucco over a wood frame and is equipped with a solar-powered amber “safe harbor” light, according to Bob Keller, club president. “There is another lighthouse within 100 yards (of the new replica). The other is a navigation light, which flashes red or green … this one has a flashing amber colored light that signifies this is a safe harbor.
There are currently flashing amber lights located at Crazy Horse Campground, Windsor Beach personal watercraft launch ramp at Lake Havasu State Park, Havasu Landing, Havasu Springs, Lake Havasu Marina and now, Site Six.