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Gay Head postcard face - click to enlarge

Gay Head postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Gay Head

State: MA
Year established: 1799
Latitude: 41 deg 20 min 54 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 50 min 6 sec W
Height above sea level: 170 feet

Original construction:
octagonal tower

1856: 51-foot brick tower

automated in 1960; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Alternating red and white flashes every 15 seconds, white visible for 24 nautical miles

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), p. 85
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), pp. 109-110
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. 8