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A Different Kind of Skyscraper
Monday 16th of January 2012 08:35 AM

By Kim L. Fritzemeier

KFRM Central Kansas Reporter

Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line

Lighthouses don't dot the landscape of central Kansas. My "skyscrapers" are windmills, silos and grain elevators.



But I'm still thinking about the lighthouse we toured at Tybee Island, Ga., during Thanksgiving. There's a mystery to lighthouses. We envision the beacon of light leading boats to safety.

We imagine the lighthouse keeper dutifully climbing the circular staircase to keep the light shining and protect sailors from crashing on rocky reefs. On our trip, we climbed the 178 stairs to the top of the Tybee Lighthouse. Ordered by General James Oglethorpe, Governor of the 13th Colony in 1732, the lighthouse has been guiding mariners' safe entrance into the Savannah River for more than 270 years. While it's been rebuilt a number of times, a lighthouse has been a constant on the landscape.

In the light of day, you don't see the bulb and the glow until you reach the pinnacle of the lighthouse. But it's there, ready to shine when the day turns to night.




I guess it's kind of like the Christmas star on the Zenith elevator, too. You don't see it until night overtakes the dusk. 


"Skyscrapers" provide some pretty scenes - whether you're in the middle of Kansas or along an east coast ocean.

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