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Fort Niagara postcard face - click to enlarge

Fort Niagara postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Fort Niagara

State: NY(GL)
Year established: 1781
Latitude: 43 deg 15 min 42 sec N
Longitude: 79 deg 3 min 49 sec W
Height above sea level: 91 feet

Original construction:
tower on the roof of Ft. Niagara

1823: new wooden tower on fort
1872: 50-foot octagonal limestone tower, with black cast iron lantern.
1900: raised about 11 ft

obscured by trees, light deactivated in 1993, and replaced by beacon to avoid removal of trees

leased to Old Fort Niagara Association

More information:
Roberts, Bruce and Jones, Ray, Great Lakes Lighthouses Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior, (Old Saybrook, CT: The Globe Pequot Press, 1994) pp. 30-31
Berger, Todd R., Lighthouses of the Great Lakes, (Stillwater, MN: Voyageur Press, 2002), p. 145