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BLUFF POINT LIGHT
(VALCOUR ISLAND)


State: NEW YORK
Location: VALCOUR ISLAND / LAKE CHAMPLAIN
Nearest City: PLATTSBURGH
County: CLINTON
U.S.C.G. District: 1
Year Station Established: 1874


Bluff Point (Valcour Island) Light
1992 photo by Helen W. Allan, courtesy Clinton County Historical Museum
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1874
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: 1930 - 2004
  • Automated: 1930
  • Foundation Materials: DRESSED STONE / TIMBER
  • Construction Materials: BLUE LIMESTONE / WOOD
  • Markings/Patterns: RED/WHITE TOWER ON SQUARE HOUSE
  • Shape: OCTAGONAL ON SQUARE HOUSE
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 35
  • Original Optic: FIFTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1874
  • Present Optic: 300 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 2004
  • Height of Focal Plane: 95
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: UNKNOWN
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? YES
  • Year Tower Constructed: 1930
  • Type: RED STEEL SKELETAL ON CONCRETE CRIB
  • Date Deactivated: 2004
Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1871
  • Number of Stories: 1.5
  • Architectural Style: SECOND EMPIRE
  • Construction Materials: BLUE LIMESTONE
Other Structures: WOODEN SHED, PRIVY, CELLAR CISTERN

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION / STATE PARK

Owner/Manager: NEW YORK STATE / CLINTON COUNTY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

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

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #93000873
Name of Listing: VALCOUR ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1993

Miscellaneous:
OPTIC REINSTALLED IN TOWER NOVEMBER 6, 2004



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