Category Archives: 19th Century American Maritime

American Lighthouses: Southern & Gulf Coasts

Continuing our “journey” along the American coastlines, we’ve reached the Southern and Gulf Coasts. If you imagine lighthouses with tall towers reaching high toward the clouds, you’re probably remembering these aids to navigation found in tonight’s focus region. With coastline … Continue reading

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American Lighthouses: Middle Atlantic

We’re continuing our overview journey and looking at different types of lighthouse styles found along different regions of the American coastlines. Last week we discussed New England, and today we’ll journey a little farther south and explore some of the … Continue reading

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American Lighthouses: New England

What do you imagine when I say “lighthouse?” A stormy scene? A breath-takingly beautiful rocky coast with a picturesque lighthouse perch on a cliff? A tall, tall tower reaching into the sky (or so it seems)? I used to always … Continue reading

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The Lighthouse Board, 1852-1910

After investigations revealed neglect and penny-pinching by Stephen Pleasonton, the U.S. Government established it’s second agency: The U.S. Lighthouse Board. This agency would oversee the administration of all lighthouses within the United States, ensuring their upkeep, creating standardized rules, overseeing … Continue reading

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Building American Lighthouses, 1789-1851

From its earliest days, the U.S. Government took an active role in the protection of the country’s shores and an interest in building and maintaining aids to navigation. The period from George Washington’s presidency to one decade before the Civil … Continue reading

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America’s First Lighthouse

The first official lighthouse America was built in 1716, and, though the original Colonial Era structure was destroyed, there’s is still a lighthouse at the location on Brewster Island, Boston Harbor. Today’s blog post explores reasons for building that first … Continue reading

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