Lake Havasu currently claims the title of “the city with most lighthouses in America,” and thanks to the Lake Havasu Lighthouse Club, Arizona someday could surpass Michigan as the state with the most lighthouses. Arizona? Really? In the middle of the desert is not a place you would think of when you think of lighthouses. However, if you have been to Lake Havasu you may have seen the 24 replica of famous lighthouses from the East Coast, West Coast and the Great Lakes area. I have been there a few times and have seen many of these 1/3 scale replicas. They are intriguing, thus I decided to explore these lighthouses and learn a little bit about the originals. This is the last part of a 3-part series. Enjoy these amazing lighthouses.
On the Great South Bay, in southern Suffolk County, New York on the western end of Fire Island is Firs House Island Lighthouse. It is listed as Fire Island Light, number 695, in the USCG light lists and celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 2008. The lighthouse can be accessed by a short walk from Robert Moses State Park
This lighthouse is located on a small island about 18 nautical miles south of Mount Desert Island, in Maine. The light station was established in 1830; the current lighthouse was built in 1847. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Mount Desert Light Station in 198
The Oregon Coast of the United States is the location of the Umpqua River Light. The first Umpqua River Light was built in 1855 and lit in 1857. However the original light was vulnerable to seasonal flooding and collapsed in 1863. It was 1888 before Congress approved of a construction of a new light. The new one was completed and was first lit in 1894. The structure was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
This historic lighthouse is in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. It was completed in 1791, and is the oldest lighthouse in the state of Maine. Interestingly enough, the light station is automated, and the tower, beacon, and foghorn are maintained by the United States Coast Guard.
This lighthouse is located on Point Chehalis on the southern side of the entrance to Grays Harbor in Washington. At 107 feet tall, it is the tallest lighthouse in Washington and the third tallest on the West Coast. Built in 1897, the base of the lighthouse rests on a 12-foot-thick foundation of sandstone. The lighthouse walls, which are four feet thick at the base, are made of brick with a coating of cement on the exterior.
Known as “Old Barney” this historic lighthouse is located in Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on the northern tip of Long Beach Island in New Jersey, It was commissioned on January 1, 1859, and deactivated as a Coast Guard lookout tower in January 1944. However, the structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Barnegat Lighthouse in 1971.
Built in the 19th century this lighthouse guides shipping to the entrance to the River Tweed and Berwick Harbour in Louisanna. It was built in 1858 and was lighted for the first time on Sept. 1, 1859. Uniquely shaped as a square pyramid, it is sheathed in iron with a 28 foot base and stands 37 feet in height
Inland from the tip of Sandy Hook, New Jersey, is the oldest working lighthouse in the United States. Designed and built on June 11, 1764, it stood only 500 feet from the tip of Sandy Hook; however, today, due to growth caused by littoral drift, it is almost one and a half miles inland from the tip. Almost two years after the State of New York ratified the U.S. Constitution, the lighthouse was transferred to federal authority and it now located on the grounds of Fort Hancock. Many people that don’t live on the East Coast may not have even know where Sandy Hook was until the school shooting. So sad that something like that would cause a small city to become so famous.
Hope you enjoyed these 8 lighthouse replicas located on Lake Havasu in Arizona. A huge thank you to the Lake Havasu City Convention & Visitors Bureau for the use of the lighthouse photos. This was the last of my 3 part series. Here are the links if you want to check out Lighthouses – Part 1 or Lighthouses – Part 2. Hope you found them as intriguing as me.
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