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Marblehead (Ohio) postcard face - click to enlarge

Marblehead (Ohio) postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Marblehead (Ohio)

State: OH
Year established: 1821
Latitude: 40 deg 32 min 11 sec N
Longitude: 82 deg 42 min 42 sec W
Height above sea level: 67 feet

Original construction:
50-foot limestone tower

1880: Covered with stucco and painted white
1897: tower raised from 55 to 65 feet using brick
1969: stucco removed to show the original stonework and brickwork

electrified in 1923; automated in 1958; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing green every 6 seconds, visible for 11 nautical miles

the name was changed in 1870 to "Sandusky Bay Light"; claimed to be oldest continuously operating light on the Great Lakes; property owned and maintained by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

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. 49-50
Berger, Todd R., Lighthouses of the Great Lakes, (Stillwater, MN: Voyageur Press, 2002), p. 143