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Race Point postcard face - click to enlarge

Race Point postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Race Point

State: MA
Year established: 1816
Latitude: 42 deg 3 min 44 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 14 min 35 sec W
Height above sea level: 41 feet

Original construction:
25-foot rubblestone tower

1876: present 45-foot brick-lined cast iron tower

electrified in 1957; automated 1978; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Flashing white every 10 seconds visible for 16 nautical miles; fog signal, two blasts every 60 seconds

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), p. 116