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Cape Henlopen postcard face - click to enlarge

Cape Henlopen postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Cape Henlopen

State: DE
Year established: 1767
Latitude: 38 deg 46 min 42 sec N
Longitude: 75 deg 5 min 2 sec W

1783: replaced tower burned by British in 1777, relit in 1784
1863: new keepers' house due to advance of sand dunes at 11 feet per year
1883: storm-induced erosion stimulated erosion protection measures; beacon moved to Delaware Breakwater in 1885

discontinued in 1924; 1926 storm undermined tower which fell into Delaware Bay

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. 70-71