Barcelona Lighthouse

Westfield, New York - 1829 (1829**)

 
   
Barcelona Lighthouse Picture

The very first lighthouse to be powered by natural gas in the United States, and is believed to be the first public building to be powered with natural gas. The first lighting mechanism was 11 lamps with 14" reflectors. These were later replaced with a fourth-order Fresnel lens in 1857. The light would stay lit for only two more years before it was decommissioned.

The tower was built to mark Portland Harbor, which is actually now Barcelona. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1859 after the Lighthouse Board discovered that there was no harbor at Barcelona. The lighthouse was sold to a private party in 1872. That family owned it until it was sold again in 1998. This tower stands 40' tall and is a private residence. The lighthouse is clearly visible from Route 5 and the boat launch right next to it.

The first keeper was Joshua Lane. He served from 1829 to 1855. The second keeper was Thomas Taylor. He served from 1855 to 1859. Both keepers had the annual salary of $350 per year.

Note: The lighthouse is private property, please respect this and do not trespass.

Directions: From the I-90, take exit 60 (Westfield) and head north (Towards the lake) on Route 394. At the junction for Route 5, make a right, and the lighthouse will on the left-hand side. You can get good shots from the road, or from the public marina right next to it.

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