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Cities' Lighthouses

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I love lighthouses!

Does anyone here have a photo of a lighthouse near their city? (like Boston, New York, Chicago, or Miami)

If so, I'd love to see them.

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i have been to all the lighthouses except one on the outer banks of North Carolina, but the only picture i have is of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse.

this lighthouse was moved a half-mile inland in the late 1990's. that project won a civil engineerring award in 2000. when the lighthouse was originally activated in 1870, it was situated 1,600 feet from the shore. at the time that they moved the lighthouse, it was only 120 feet from the shore. after being moved a half-mile inland, the Cape Hatteras lighthouse once again stands 1,600 feet from the shore.

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The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is actually the tallest brick lighthouse in the country at 208 ft. I go to the outer banks quite often and I can recall how amazing it was to see that enormous structure raised off the ground to be moved.

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One of my personal favorites. It is one of the most endangered in the US. Itwas once surrounded by a large island, but now it is only a sandbar.

Some of my pics of Charleston's Morris Island Lighthouse:

The exterior:

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And, by luck, one of the window panes on the glass door placed on the lighthouse by the government to keep trespassers out was knocked out, so I got a picture of the inside from peeking in the pane:

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St. Simon's Island Light in the village of St. Simon's Island (pop. approx. 12,000), which is just off the coast of Brunswick, Ga.

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A view of the town (St. Simon's Island) from the top:

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Here's the lighthouse on the Detroit River on the East Riverfront at Tricentennial State Park.

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Here's a view from the top.

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Under construction

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My hometown is near the tallest lighthouse on the Great Lakes, the New Presque Isle Light, 1870, 109 feet tall.

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Views from the top:

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Looking out to the point (seen in the map below).

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FYI:

The Old Presque Isle Light was built in 1840 and is considered haunted.

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...as seen with Hale-Bopp

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The SUPERNATURAL story:

In the eighteenth century, a small lighthouse on Lake Huron received the persistent complaints of ship captains, who claimed they could barely see its light. A taller lighthouse was built a mile north, and in 1870, the lighthouse on Old Presque Isle was put out of commission. A hundred years later, George and Lorraine Parris were appointed to restore the lighthouse and its caretaker's dwelling. Under orders from the Coast Guard, George removed the lightbulb and wiring, leaving the lighthouse without any means of being lit. In early 1992, George died. In May of that year, people starting witnessing an unexplained light coming from the tower, a light that has perhaps saved several lives of people lost in fogs.

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St. Simon's Island Lighthouse in GA supposedly has th ghost of a former keeper who was shot and killed by his assisstant in a battle over the keeper's wife.

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Who would have guessed, it makes sense though,

interesting side note, Michigan is the state with the most light houses at ninety, followed by Maine at 80. Michigan is also the state with the most coastline in the 48 contiguous. It's Just kind of Ironic when you think of it, seeing as it's all inland.

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Door County, Wisconsin (the one on that peninsula just outside or Green Bay) has the most of any county in the US at 10, which is more tan some states.

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The National Lighthouse Museum was suppose to be built in Mackinaw City, being that the Straits of Mackinac has the largest concentration of lighthouses anywhere in the country. The museum ended up being built in New York City for the sake of more tourist numbers. :(

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An unfortunate loss to Makinac city, but more tourists does make more sense.

I think it should have been in Boston, since the oldest lighthouse place is there.

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When I went to Mackinaw City recently I saw my first lighthouse. Here is the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse which is open for tours.

Old Mackinc Point's height is 58 feet from the ground to lightning rod. It is visible from 16 miles away and a red light flashes every ten seconds.

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Museum inside:

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There are some great lighthouses on the New Jersey shore (and many I didn't know about until doing a Google search!). For having such a small shore area, NJ seems to have a lot of lighthouses. Some of my favorites are pictured below.

Barnegat

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Cape May

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Sea Girt

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Absecon

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Sandy Hook

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Navesink

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Hereford Inlet

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Ship John Shoal

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Check out these and others at LighthouseFriends.com - New Jersey

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Split Rock Lighthouse on the North Shore of Lake Superior:

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Grand Marais Light house (North Shore)

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Duluth Lighthouse with Ore ship passing by.

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Grosse Ile Light

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On Saturday I went to a celebration for the light, it was built in 1906. They had tours of it which they don't normally do. It is literally in someone's backyard and the island has a lot of trees so even if you are driving by on the nearest road you can't find the lighthouse so you have to really know where it is.

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