National Museum of American History, Behring Center

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Cuttyhunk postcard face - click to enlarge

Cuttyhunk postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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State: MA
Year established: 1823
Latitude: 41 deg 24 min 52 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 56 min 59 sec W
Height above sea level: 63 feet

Original construction:
25-foot stone tower

1860: light atop 2-story keepers house replaced old tower
1891: 45-foot white, conical tower, covered way to dwelling
1947: lighthouse demolished

1947: skeleton tower replaced lighthouse; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
continuous quick-flashing white, visible for 8 miles

More information:
Office of the Light House Board, List of Lights and Fog Signals on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States, (Washington, DC: GPO, 1895), pp. 40-41
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume 1 Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, ME to Shrewsbury River, NJ, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2003), p. 148