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Eagle Island postcard face - click to enlarge

Eagle Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Eagle Island

State: ME
Year established: 1838
Latitude: 44 deg 13 min 3 sec N
Longitude: 68 deg 46 min 3 sec W
Height above sea level: 106 feet

Original construction:
30-foot stone tower

1947: well water available
1949: indoor plumbing installed

Automated in 1959; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Flashing white every 4 seconds, visible for 9 nautical miles

The Eagle Island Light tower keepers and their families had no well water until 1947, or indoor plumbing until 1949.

More information:
Roberts, B., & Jones, R., American Lighthouses; A Comprehensive Guide, (Old Saybrook, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 1998), p. 36