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West Point postcard face - click to enlarge

West Point postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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West Point

State: NY
Year established: 1853
Latitude: 41 deg 23 min 45 sec N
Longitude: 73 deg 57 min 3 sec W

Original construction:
32-foot iron beacon post

1872: 20-foot white hexagonal wooden tower
1888: wooden fog signal house added

Decommissioned 1946; replaced by light on black skeleton tower

More information:

Bachand, Robert G.,Northeast Lights - Lighthouses and Lightships - Rhode Island to Cape May, NJ, (Norwalk, CT: Sea Sports Publications, 1989), pp. 335-337
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. 64-65