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Hilton Head Rear Range (Leamington) postcard face - click to enlarge

Hilton Head Rear Range (Leamington) postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Hilton Head Rear Range (Leamington)

State: SC
Year established: 1863
Latitude: 32 deg 9 min 52 sec N
Longitude: 80 deg 44 min 24 sec W
Height above sea level: 136 feet

Original construction:
tower built by Union soldiers

1880: present 94-foot pyramidal skeleton-cast-iron structure with central cylinder enclosing stairway
1884: front range light replaced by mobile light to respond to shifts in channel location.
1985: acquired and restored by private development company

1932: deactivated; restored tower illuminated with sodium vapor lamp as tourist attraction

More information:
Lighthouse Service, Light List - Atlantic & Gulf Coasts of the United States, (Washington, DC: GPO, 1933), pp. 354-355