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BUFFALO (MAIN) LIGHT

State: NEW YORK
Location: MOUTH OF BUFFALO RIVER / BLACK ROCK CANAL
Nearest City: BUFFALO
County: ERIE
U.S.C.G. District: 9
Year Station Established: 1818


Buffalo (Main) Light
Photo courtesy Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse & Veterans Park Museum
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1833
  • Is the Light Operational? NO
  • Date Deactivated: 1914
  • Automated:
  • Foundation Materials: STONE MOLEHEAD
  • Construction Materials: LIMESTONE/CAST IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: NATURAL
  • Shape: OCTAGONAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 61
  • Original Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1857
  • Present Optic: UNKNOWN
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 76
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: IN THE BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1818
  • Description: CONICAL 30-FOOT STONE TOWER
  • Fate/Disposition: DEMOLISHED, PROBABLY 1840S
Modern Tower? YES
  • Year Tower Constructed: 1963
  • Tower Height: 71
  • Current Optic: AEROBEACON, Year Installed: 1996
Existing Sound Signal Building? NO
  • Fog Signal Type: ORIG. BELL
Existing Keepers Quarters? NO (DISMANTLED)

Other Structures:

Current Use: MUSEUM DISPLAY

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LEASE TO BUFFALO LIGHTHOUSE ASSOCIATION, INC.

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

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED Reference #84002383
Name of Listing: BUFFALO MAIN LIGHT (U.S. COAST GUARD/GREAT LAKES TR)
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

HABS/HAER Documentation? YES (NY-60)

Miscellaneous:
ONE OF OLDEST EXISTING TOWERS; WELCOMED IMMIGRANTS TO NATION'S HEARTLAND; KNOWN LOCALLY AS "CHINAMAN'S LIGHT"; RESTORED 1985



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