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Lime Rock (Ida Lewis) postcard face - click to enlarge

Lime Rock (Ida Lewis) postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Lime Rock (Ida Lewis)

State: RI
Year established: 1854
Latitude: 41 deg 28 min 39 sec N
Longitude: 71 deg 19 min 34 sec W
Height above sea level: 30 feet

Original construction:
13-foot stone tower

1856: attached keeper's house added

discontinued in 1927 and replaced by an automated skeleton tower until 1963; relighted as memorial to Ida Lewis from May to October

Known as the light served by nationally-known Ida Lewis from age 16 in 1857 to her death in 1911; island renamed Ida Lewis Rock in 1928 by Congress and currently the home of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club

More information:
Bachand, Robert G.,Northeast Lights - Lighthouses and Lightships - Rhode Island to Cape May, NJ, (Norwalk, CT: Sea Sports Publications, 1989), pp. 58-61
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), p. 126