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Dice Head

State: ME
Year established: 1829
Latitude: 44 deg 22 min 57 sec N
Longitude: 68 deg 49 min 8 sec W
Height above sea level: 130 feet

Original construction:
White tower connected to dwelling

Abandoned in 1935, replaced by skeleton tower

The Dice Head Light at the mouth of the Penobscot River is reputed to have oriented a local aviator during a storm in 1929; the pilot flew over the lighthouse that Christmas and dropped presents for the keeper and his family, originating the "Flying Santa" tradition of bringing Christmas gifts to keepers at New England lighthouses.

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), p. 82
Roberts, B., & Jones, R., American Lighthouses; A Comprehensive Guide, (Old Saybrook, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 1998), p. 38
US Coast Guard, Public Information Division, Historically Famous Lighthouses, CG-232, (Washington, DC: GPO,1972), p. 30 [Light characteristics may not be current]