Thursday, March 20, 2008

A beam of light to guide you...

The original Fire Island lighthouse was completed in 1826. The octagonal structure was built using Connecticut River bluestone and had cost the Federal government $10,000. Although the light stood 89 feet above sea level and its beacon could be seen 14.5 miles out to sea, shipwrecks continued to occur.



A newly created U.S. Life-House Board had a plan that would upgrade the system of lighthouses and lifesaving stations on Long Island. The replacement was twice as tall and the light was visible from more than twenty miles out to sea.



The first lighthouse was taken down after the present (1858) structure was in service. The stones of the first lighthouse were used on the upper terrace of the new lighthouse.



During the 1890s, the base (first image) was lined with bricks and a roof was added so it could store water for an adjacent powerhouse. The remaining stones mark the former western tip of Fire Island in the 1820s.

9 comments:

Ms. A said...

Nice pics. Did you get to climb to the top of the lighthouse? The view is amazing.

byalip said...

I was going to ask the same thing.

Also, are there starving deer still wandering around it?

Love the pics. The last view looking up is tremendous. Very elegant.

JFargo said...

Ah, infotainment! Awesome.

b13 said...

Ms. A: I would have, but there was a school trip going on and I didn't want to interfere.

There are deer as you will see shortly... and they are far from starving.

:)

Carletta said...

Really nice pics and I love the history.

JunieRose2005 said...

WOW!

Thanks for a very interesting post and some great pictures!


Junie

Jamie Dawn said...

I wouldn't mind taking a vacation and visiting lighthouses. They are so neat.

Have a nice Easter weekend!

Anna said...

That last one is my favorite! :)

Ming the Merciless said...

Cool photos. I have lived in NYC for almost 10 years now and I've never been to Long Island except maybe twice.

Not having a car and not driving sucks....but I love the subway system. :-)