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Cape Cod (Highland) postcard face - click to enlarge

Cape Cod (Highland) postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Cape Cod (Highland)

State: MA
Year established: 1798
Latitude: 42 deg 2 min 23 sec N
Longitude: 70 deg 3 min 38 sec W
Height above sea level: 170 feet

Original construction:
45-foot wooden lighthouse

1831: brick lighthouse
1857: 66-foot tower
1996: present lighthouse moved 450 feet back from prior (eroded) location

Automated 1986, active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
Flashing white every 5 seconds, visible for 18 nautical miles

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, Great American Lighthouses, National Historic Trust Guide, (Washington, DC: The Preservation Press, 1989), p. 119
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), p. 83
Office of the Light House Board, List of Lights and Fog Signals on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States, (Washington, DC: GPO, 1895), pp. 34-35