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Baker Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Baker Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Baker Island

State: ME
Year established: 1828
Latitude: 44 deg 14 min 28 sec N
Longitude: 68 deg 11 min 56 sec W
Height above sea level: 105 feet

Original construction:
Wood tower

1855: 43-foot brick tower

Automated in 1966; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
White flash every 10 seconds, visible from 10 nautical miles

The Baker Island Light was the subject of an extensive legal battle between the island owners and the U.S. as to land ownership. "The government won the right to 19 acres for the lighthouse and the necessary right-of-way", while the family retained the remainder of the 123-acre island.

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), p. 91
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), p. 80-81