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Absecon postcard face - click to enlarge

Absecon postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart


State: NJ
Year established: 1857
Latitude: 31 deg 21 min 59 sec N
Longitude: 74 deg 24 min 51 sec W
Height above sea level: 167 feet

Original construction:
169-foot conical brick tower

1876-1878: protective jetties built to control erosion

Decommissioned 1933; diminished usefulness due to interference by Atlantic City lights

More information:
Bachand, Robert G.,Northeast Lights - Lighthouses and Lightships - Rhode Island to Cape May, NJ, (Norwalk, CT: Sea Sports Publications, 1989), pp. 367-370
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), p. 100