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Eastern Point postcard face - click to enlarge

Eastern Point postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Historical chart

Eastern Point

State: MA
Year established: 1832
Latitude: 42 deg 34 min 49 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 39 min 52 sec W
Height above sea level: 57 feet

Original construction:
30-foot stone tower

1890: present 36-foot white brick conical tower, covered way to dwelling.

electrified in 1897; automated in 1985; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing white every 5 seconds, visible for 24 nautical miles

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), pp. 106-107
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. 28-29