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ABSECON LIGHT

State: NEW JERSEY
Location: ORIGINALLY ABSECON BEACH
Nearest City: ATLANTIC CITY
County: ATLANTIC
U.S.C.G. District: 5
Year Station Established: 1857


Absecon Light
NPS photo by Ralph Eshelman, ca. 1995
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1857
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: 1933-1997
  • Automated:
  • Foundation Materials: GRANITE BLOCKS
  • Construction Materials: BRICK/IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: YELLOW WITH RED BAND MIDWAY
  • Shape: CONICAL ATTACHED TO KEEPERS
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 169
  • Original Optic: FIRST ORDER, FRESNEL/OIL LAMP
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1857
  • Present Optic: FIRST ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1857
  • Height of Focal Plane: 167
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ORIGINAL LENS STILL AT TOWER
Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? NO; ORIGINAL DEMOLISHED (PLANNING A SECOND REPLICA)

Other Structures: OIL HOUSE

Current Use: HISTORIC SITE

Owner/Manager: STATE OF NEW JERSEY / INLET PUBLIC/PRIVATE ASSOCIATION INC.

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #71000492
Name of Listing: ABSECON LIGHTHOUSE
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1961

HABS/HAER Documentation? YES (NJ-734)

Miscellaneous:
ORIGINALLY BUILT ON ABSECON ISLAND IN 1857; ENGINEER WAS LT. GEORGE MEADE; REPLACED BY LIGHT ON CITY PIER; "RELIT" IN 1997; UNDER REHAB AS A HISTORIC SITE WITH VISITOR CENTER



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