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Cross Ledge Beacon postcard face - click to enlarge

Cross Ledge Beacon postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Cross Ledge Beacon

State: NJ
Year established: 1855
Latitude: 39 deg 9 min 47 sec N
Longitude: 75 deg 14 min 12 sec W
Height above sea level: 38 feet

Original construction:
screw-pile lighthouse project destroyed by ice floes before completion; replaced by lightship

1875: two-story wooden lighthouse built on a granite foundation pier

decommissioned in 1907 - abandoned, only foundation remains

More information:
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. 74-75