Lighthouses of America Photo Gallery

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Boston Light on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor was America's first light station, established in 1716. It's not the oldest tower though, as it was blown up by the British in 1776. The white tapering tower, often described as 'the ideal American lighthouse,' was rebuilt in 1783. It's the country's only light station that still retains an official keeper.  
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Adjacent to the small town of Bandon on the Oregon coast, the Coquille River Lighthouse was commissioned in 1896 to guide mariners from the Pacific Ocean through the dangerous bar at the mouth of the river. The lighthouse currently is under the care of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department as part of Bullards Beach State Park.  
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The screw pile Drum Point Lighthouse is one of only three remaining from 45 that once served Chesapeake Bay. The light was first activated in 1883 and the station decommissioned in 1962. After 15 years of neglect and vandalism, the lighthouse was moved and lovingly restored to join the Calvert Marine Museum on Maryland's Solomons Island.  
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East Brother Lighthouse, a beautifully restored Victorian Lighthouse perched atop a tiny island in the passage that separates San Pablo and San Francisco bays, is also a delightful bed and breakfast inn. Overnight stays, where guests can view the San Francisco skyline from their rooms, include Champagne and hors d'oeuvres upon arrival, a multi-course dinner with wine, and breakfast the next morning.  
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The first lighthouse in Holland Harbor, a small wooden building on an open platform, was erected in 1872. It has been replaced twice, most recently in 1907 in its present Victorian style. In 1956 the Coast Guard painted it bright red as an 'aids to navigation' requirement, and it has been affectionately known as Big Red since that time. It's now Michigan's most visited lighthouse, and is located near Grand Rapids.  
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The present Marshall Point Lighthouse, built in 1857, stands at the entrance to Port Clyde Harbor, Maine. Original buildings still standing are the 1895 keeper's house, which houses a museum, and the 1905 oil house. A raised wooden walkway connects the tower to land. The lighthouse's claim to fame, however, came from its short appearance in the movie Forrest Gump.  
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The 1906 Mukilteo Lighthouse, in a city park on the shore of Puget Sound (a large inlet of the Pacific Ocean), is one of only a few lighthouses constructed of wood in the state of Washington. It is adjacent to the Washington State Ferry terminal where passengers both coming and going have excellent views. The keeper's house holds exhibits about the lighthouse and the city of Mukilteo.  
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Pemaquid Point Light, at the entrance to Muscongus Bay and John Bay in Maine, was commissioned in 1827 by our sixth president, John Quincy Adams, and built the same year. Due to poor construction, the lighthouse had to be replaced in 1835. Today, Pemaquid Point is one of the most visited attractions on the Maine coast. The keeper's house has a one-bedroom apartment that is available for weekly rentals.  
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When gold was discovered in California, lighthouse stations were designed to lead prospectors into San Francisco Bay. The third lighthouse and the first on the north coast of the Golden Gate was moved in 1877 to a lower elevation nearby. Today the Point Bonita Lighthouse is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the largest urban national park in the country. It's still an active lighthouse maintained by the Coast Guard; the National Park Service provides access to visitors.  
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Standing on the southwest point of California's Palos Verdes Peninsula, marking the Catalina Channel on the Pacific Ocean, Point Vicente Lighthouse is an attraction to tourists, painters, and photographers. Captain George Vancouver first discovered the dangerous shore with its rocky shoals in 1790 and named the point for his good friend, Friar Vicente. The lighthouse, built in 1926, still sends out its beacon across the channel.  
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George Washington ordered the construction of the Portland Head Light Station, located in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in 1787. It was completed in 1791, at a time when whale-oil lamps were used for illumination. Located in Fort Williams Park, the lighthouse is visited by almost one million people every year and has been called 'the most photographed lighthouse in North America.' It's easily accessible if you're in the Portland area.  
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The Rose Island Lighthouse, built in 1870, is located almost directly underneath the Newport Bridge in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Lighthouse lovers can stay overnight in the two-bedroom museum on the first floor or become 'lighthouse keepers' for a week on the second floor while performing tasks required to keep the lighthouse in good condition. Visitors must arrive by boat.  
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The Sandy Hook Lighthouse in New Jersey is the oldest original lighthouse in the United States (built after the Boston light was destroyed and before its replacement). It was built in 1764 to aid mariners coming through the southern end of New York Harbor, survived the Revolutionary War under British control, and is still flashing its light today.  
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The restored red brick Saugerties Lighthouse, built in 1860 at the mouth of Esopus Creek on the Hudson River in New York, offers public tours and overnight bed and breakfast accommodations. The lighthouse holds two guest bedrooms furnished as they may have been at the turn of the 20th century, as well as a small museum. Breakfast is included for overnight guests who must walk a half-mile trail to reach the lighthouse.  
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