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Hendricks Head postcard face - click to enlarge

Hendricks Head postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Hendricks Head

State: ME
Year established: 1829
Latitude: 43 deg 49 min 21 sec N
Longitude: 69 deg 41 min 23 sec W
Height above sea level: 43 feet

Original construction:
tower showing light 39-feet above sea level atop granite keeper's house

1875: present 39-foot square brick tower and dwelling

Automated in 1979; active aid to navigation; discontinued in 1933, land sold; light reactivated in 1961 after electricity became available

Light characteristic:
Fixed white with landward red sector, visible for 9 nautical miles

More information:
Roberts, B., & Jones, R., American Lighthouses; A Comprehensive Guide, (Old Saybrook, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 1998), p. 49