February 22, 2017
When navigating the Kennebec River, there comes a point, just before reaching the city of Bath, where mariners need to make two 90-degree turns. To ensure that vessels were in the center of the channel, the Doubling Point Range Lights, sometimes known as the Kennebec River Range Lights, were established in 1898. Read the history of the Doubling Point Range Lights.
February 12, 2017
The Kennebec River was an early trade corridor to the interior of Maine from the Atlantic Coast. In order to safeguard navigation, the Lighthouse Board established several lighthouses along its banks, including the Squirrel Point Lighthouse. Read the history of the Squirrel Point Lighthouse now.
February 6, 2017
Although lighthouses had been established on Seguin Island and Pond Island, near the mouth of the Kennebec River, they did little to help vessels once they were in the river. In 1898, the Lighthouse Board erected the Perkins Island Lighthouse, to help vessels navigate the river. Read more of the history of the Perkins Island Lighthouse now.
February 1, 2017
Located at the mouth of the Kennebec River, is the pond-less Pond Island. Although the origin of the name is unknown, the Pond Island Lighthouse was established in 1821 when it was built to adequately mark the west side of the entrance of the Kennebec River. Read the history of the Pond Island Lighthouse.
January 25, 2017
Maine's Casco Bay is dotted with many islands and rocky ledges that make navigating its waters treacherous. To mark the eastern approach into Portland Harbor, the Lighthouse Board erected the Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse in 1905. When the lighthouse went to public auction in 2010, it sold for an astonishing $190,000. Read more of the history of the Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse now.
January 21, 2017
Did you know that in 1890, more than a half a million people entered Portland Harbor via steamships? To provide safe passage into the harbor, the United States erected the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse in 1897. Read more of the history of the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse now.
January 4, 2017
Did you know that more than 100 years before the Boon Island Lighthouse was established, survivors of the Nottingham Galley had to resort to cannibalism to stay alive on the tiny island? Read more of the history of the Boon Island Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in New England.
December 31, 2016
Did you know that the keepers assigned to the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse sometimes had to crawl the nearly 2,000 feet as there was originally no dwelling at the tower, to safely reach the lighthouse. Conditions improved by 1886 when a railing was installed along the breakwater, and a few years after that, a small two room dwelling was built. Read the history of the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse now.
December 4, 2016
Did you know that the first keeper of the Portland Head Lighthouse, Captain Joseph Greenleaf, received no salary? It would be almost two years before he was paid for his services. Find out why he wasn't paid when you read the history of the Portland Head Lighthouse.
November 18, 2016
After the American Revolution, Portland Harbor had become one of the most important seaports in the state of Maine. As the southern approach to Portland Harbor was hazardous, the Cape Elizabeth Lightstation was established in 1828. Both towers were later replaced in 1874. Read more of the history of the Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse now.
October 17, 2016
One of the most famous residents of Nubble Island and the Cape Neddick Lighthouse was Sambo Tonkus, a 19-pound tomcat that was said to have paws the size of a dog. Read the history of the Cape Neddick Lighthouse to find out why he was famous.
October 3, 2016
Did you know that the when the Whaleback Lighthouse was going to be rebuilt in 1851, plans called for it to be built like the original 1850 Minot's Ledge Lighthouse, on iron legs. After the Minot's Ledge Lighthouse collapsed in 1851, the plans were changed and the Whaleback Lighthouse was built of granite blocks in 1872. Read more of the history of the Whaleback Lighthouse now.
September 4, 2016Did you know that the first Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse was built in 1771 on the grounds of Fort William and Mary, making it the first lighthouse established at a military installation of the British Colonies in the United States? In 1791, the lighthouse was transferred to the newly established federal government of the United States. Read more of the history of the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse now.
August 24, 2016
Did you know that the first lighthouse on Maine's remote Seguin Island dates back to 1796 and was approved by President George Washington? Read more of the fascinating history of the Seguin Island Lighthouse.
May 25, 2016
Did you know that the Heceta Head Lighthouse in Oregon has a first-order Fresnel lens sourced from Chance Brothers out of Birmingham, England rather that from Paris, France, like most others? Read more of the history of Heceta Head Lighthouse.
May 9, 2016
Did you know that the Coquille River (Bandon) Lighthouse was one of only 16 buildings out of 500 to survive the Great Bandon fire of 1936? Read the history of the Coquille River Lighthouse now.
April 24, 2016
Government documents list the Yaquina Head Lighthouse was to be built at Cape Foulweather, a similar point of land several miles to the north. Was it built in the wrong location? Read the history of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse to find out.
March 25, 2016
Did you know that the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse in Newport, Oregon most likely had the shortest active service time of any lighthouse? After 34 months, it was decommissioned. Find out why by reading the history of the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse now.
March 24, 2016
Did you know that you were once able to stay overnight in the Faro Blanco Lighthouse on Marathon Key, Florida? The lighthouse was damaged during several hurricanes and now serves as an office. Read more of the history of the Faro Blanco Lighthouse.
March 7, 2016
Did you know that a lot of books and websites incorrectly state that the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse was built for and displayed at the Great St. Louis Exposition of 1904? However, the lighthouse itself wasn't built until 1906. Read the history of the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse to find out why they are mistaken.
February 22, 2016
Rail lines and phosphate discovered along the banks of the Peace River in Florida led to the rapid development of Charlotte Harbor. By 1888, Congress had appropriated $35,000 for several lighthouses, with the Port Boca Grande (Gasparilla Island) Lighthouse being one of them. Read more of the interesting history of the Port Boca Grande Lighthouse, which includes tales of pirates.
January 6, 2016
Did you know that the current Gasparilla Island Lighthouse originally served for 37 years as the Delaware Breakwater Rear Range Lighthouse, guiding vessels past Cape Henlopen, into Delaware Bay. It was deactivated in 1918, shipped to Florida in 1921, and erected on Gasparilla Island in 1927. Read more of the history of the Boca Grande Rear Range Lighthouse.
January 1, 2016
Did you know that the construction of the Montauk Point Lighthouse was authorized by President George Washington on April 12, 1792 and was the first lighthouse to be built in New York State? It was almost lost to erosion and you won't believe how it was saved. Read more of the amazing history of the Montauk Point Lighthouse.
December 24, 2015
The Erie Canal was opened to great fanfare in 1825, but due to its size, its usage diminished by the late 1800s. It couldn't accomodate larger ships carrying more tonnage. To combat this issue, New York State modernized the canal in the early 1900s, utilizing many lakes and rivers, and renamed it to the New York State Barge Canal. To help with navigation, several lighthouses were established, including the Verona Beach Lighthouse. Read of the history of the Verona Beach Lighthouse now.
December 20, 2015
Constructed in 1826, the first Fire Island Lighthouse was not tall enough to cast its beam far enough into the Atlantic Ocean to guide vessels. A new 168' tower was built in 1858 and still stands today. Read more of the history of the Fire Island Lighthouse.
November 26, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving! - Did you know that although the Hudson City Light (Hudson-Athens) was recommended in 1838, it wouldn't be built until 1874, some 36 years later? Read more of the history of the Hudson City Lighthouse now.
November 15, 2015
Did you know that three separate lighthouses were once called the Rondout Creek Lighthouse? The first light was erected in 1838 and was in use until 1867 when it was replaced by a new bluestone lighthouse. The 1867 lighthouse was called Rondout I and due to government work on the harbor and the creation of dikes, the lighthouse became useless. The Rondout II Lighthouse was erected in 1915, and is still in use today. Read more of the history of the Roundout Creek Lighthouse.
November 11, 2015
Did you know that the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse was once in such poor condition that it was leaning 16" on the northeast side due to a failing foundation? Thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers, the last wooden lighthouse on the Hudson River has been saved for future generations. Read the history of the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse now.
October 25, 2015
Did you know that the town of Sag Harbor was once the second most important town on Long Island, second only to Brooklyn? This was due to the whaling trade and the vast fortunes it brought to the town. Cedar Island was a navigational nightmare standing in the way of the ships accessing the port. The Cedar Island Lighthouse was built to mark the island. Read more of history of the Cedar Island Lighthouse.
October 6, 2015
Did you know that the Cole Shoal Lighthouse near Elizabethtown, Ontario was supposed to be part of a range light system? It would take 60 years before the Cole Shoal Rear Range Lighthouse was constructed. Read the history of the Cole Shoal and Cole Shoal Rear Range Lighthouses now.
October 1, 2015
The Execution Rocks Lighthouse at the western end of Long Island Sound has a dark past. Legend states that American revolutionaries were allegedly shackled to the rocks and left to drown at high tide. Read the dark history of the Execution Rocks Lighthouse.
September 16, 2015
Did you know that when the Lighthouse Board was created, they set up "lighthouse districts" with a "lighthouse depot" serving each one. The Lighthouse Board also set up a "super depot" to act as a clearinghouse for all supplies and lenses needed at the districts. It was called the General Lighthouse Depot and established in Staten Island. Read the history of the General Lighthouse Depot now.
August 20, 2015
Did you know that from 1908 to 1967 four different lightships marked the Ambrose Channel? From 1967 to 2007 the Ambrose Channel was then marked by a tower. Read more of the history of the Ambrose Lightship now.
July 28, 2015
Did you know that the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor was considered an aid to navigation and was under the control of the U.S. Lighthouse Establishment? Read more of the history of the Statue of Liberty now.
June 28, 2015
Did you know that a lightship has been stationed at Frying Pan Shoals, off the coast of North Carolina, since 1854. The Frying Pan Lightship was retired in 1964 after the Frying Pan light tower was established. After sinking a few times, it is now docked at Pier 66 in New York City.
June 14, 2015
Did you know that the United States Coast Guard named their coastal buoy tenders after lighthouse keepers in the late 1990s? The second such vessel, launched in September 1996, was named after Katherine Walker, the petite 4'10" woman that tended the Robbins Reef Lighthouse for an amazing 33 years and has been credited with more than 50 lives saved. Read her story and the history of the Robbins Reef Lighthouse.
May 12, 2015
After the Titanic sunk in the North Atlantic on April 15, 1912, the Seaman's Church Institute erected a memorial lighthouse atop their facility in Lower Manhattan. Read the history of the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse now.
May 5, 2015
Standing at the tip of a small island in the East River between Manhattan and Queens is the Blackwell Island Lighthouse. The island once housed a lunatic asylum and it is said that the lighthouse was constructed by inmate labor. Read more of the history of the Blackwell Island Lighthouse now.
April 19, 2015
Did you know that the Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse was originally used at Sandy Hook, New Jersey as the North Hook Beacon and is commonly known as the "Little Red Lighthouse?" Read more of the history of the Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse now.
March 29, 2015
Did you ever wonder what the small steel "lighthouse" tower that sits inside the Presque Isle State Park actually is? Read on to find out what the Erie Waterworks Lighthouse really is.
March 24, 2015
Did you know that the PresqueIsle North Pierhead Lighthouse in Erie, Pennsylvania was destroyed in 1855 by a vessel during a gale? A new iron lighthouse was built in 1857, which still stands today. Read more of the history of the Presque Isle North Pierhead Lighthouse now.
March 11, 2015
After being used as a residence for 141 years, the Presque Isle Lighthouse may soon be open to visitors after several renovations take place. Read about the history of the Presque Isle Lighthouse and how it may soon be open.
March 4, 2015
Did you know that the first two Erie Land Lighthouses had to be torn down because of a settling foundation due to a layer of quicksand underneath it? Read more of the history of the Erie Land Lighthouse.
February 18, 2015
"We have met the enemy and they are ours." Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry fought and defeated the British in one of the largest naval battles on Lake Erie in September of 1813. It would take over 100 years before a monument was erected in his honor. Read about the history of the Perry's Victory Memorial now.
February 15, 2015
Did you know that the Barcelona (Portland Harbor) Lighthouse in New York was the only lighthouse to be lit with natural gas? Read more of the history of the Barcelona Lighthouse.
February 11, 2015
Many people incorrectly identify the Niagara River Rear Range Lighthouse as the Grand Island Front Range Lighthouse. The Grand Island Front Range Lighthouse was erected in 1917 and served to mark the channel north of Strawberry Island.
February 8, 2015
The first Dunkirk Pierhead Lighthouse was established in 1837, and since then, six other lights have served as the Dunkirk Pierhead Light. The last one being in 1992. Read more of the history of the Dunkirk Pierhead Lighthouse.
February 7, 2015
Did you know that North Tonawanda, NY has its very own lighthouse? It was erected in 1998 and stands on the grounds of the Island Street Boatyard, a private complex dedicated to the restoration of antique boats. Read more about the Island Street Boatyard Lighthouse.
February 4, 2015
Did you know that the first Dunkirk Lighthouse was built in 1827? It was later rebuilt in 1875 further back from the bluff. In 2010, the original foundation was found. Read about the history of the Dunkirk Lighthouse now.
February 3, 2015
US-Lighthouses.com has set up a YouTube channel were I will feature lighthouse videos that I have put together. To kick off the channel, I have uploaded a video of the Olcott Lighthouse. Please leave me feedback on the YouTube channel in the comments section, and if you like the video, please consider sharing it.
January 25, 2015
Did you know that the Town of Olcott was once a thriving tourist mecca with eight hotels and several amusement parks? Steamers made daily arrivals from as far away as Toronto. In 1873, the Lighthouse Board erected the Olcott Lighthouse to mark the harbor.
January 17, 2015
Did you know that there once was a pair of range lighthouses to guide ships into the Niagara River? Read the history of the Niagara River Range Lighthouses now.
January 9, 2015
Did you know that at since 1838, there have been five different towers that have served as the Rochester (Genesee) Harbor Lighthouse? Read more of the history of the lights of Rochester Harbor now.
January 7, 2015
Did you know that the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse is the second-oldest standing lighthouse on the American side Great Lakes? Read the history of the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse to find out more.
January 3, 2014
Did you know that Sodus Bay was once a major port for exporting coal? The Sodus Bay Lighthouse marked the entrance to the harbor allowing ships to safely enter from Lake Ontario. Click the link to read more.
December 30, 2014
The first Sodus Outer Lighthouse was built of stone in 1837. The current tower is built of steel and has stood since 1938. Read more of the interesting history of the Sodus Outer Lighthouse now.
December 17, 2014
The Salmon River (Selkirk) Lighthouse was built in 1837 at a cost of $3,000. To date, it still retains its original and extremely rare birdcage style lantern. Read more of the interesting history of the Selkirk Lighthouse.
December 14, 2014
Did you know that you can stay overnight at the Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse in the assistant keeper's quarters? Read about the history of the Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse now.
December 8, 2014
Did you know that the Braddock Point Lighthouse was once the tallest lighthouse on Lake Ontario? Read more about the history of the Braddock Point Lighthouse.
November 30, 2014
The original Oak Orchard Lighthouse was destroyed during a fierce winter gale in December 1916. A replica was built in 2010 to recreate the historical significance of the harbor. Read more about the original Oak Orchard and the replica lighthouses.
November 23, 2014
Did you know that the current Oswego West Breakwater Lighthouse is the last of four lighthouses that once marked Oswego's Harbor? Read the fascinating history of the Oswego West Breakwater Lighthouse now.
November 16, 2014
Did you know that when the Stony Point Lighthouse was undergoing restoration, the entire second floor needed to be removed. Read more of the history of the Stony Point Lighthouse.
November 9, 2014
Did you know that the area around the East Charity Shoal Lighthouse is sometimes called the Graveyard of Lake Ontario? Read more of the history of the East Charity Shoal Lighthouse.
November 6, 2014
Did you know that there was once two lighthouses on the breakwater in Cape Vincent? Read about the history of the Cape Vincent Breakwater Lighthouse to find out more.
October 30, 2014
Did you know that the first Fort Niagara Lighthouse was established in 1782 by the British? Read about it here.
October 21, 2014
The Buffalo Intake Crib Lighthouse helped mark the Emerald Channel in Lake Erie and guide vessels past the dangerous reefs blocking the entrance to the Niagara River.
October 20, 2014
Did you know that when New York's Horseshoe Reef Lighthouse was built, it was built in Canada? Read about the Horseshoe Reef Lighthouse's history.
October 13, 2014
Why was the Buffalo Breakwater Lighthouse called the "leaning lighthouse?" Read the history of the Buffalo Breakwater Lighthouse to find out why.
October 10, 2014
Did you know that the Buffalo Main Lighthouse was called the "Chinaman's Light?" Find out why.
October 5, 2014
The South Buffalo Southside Lighthouse was erected to mark the southern entrance to the Buffalo Harbor. Read more about the South Buffalo Southside Lighthouse.
October 3, 2014
What is a "Milk Bottle" lighthouse? Buffalo, NY was the only port to have two of them marking its entrances. Read more about the South Buffalo, North Side Light.
September 30, 2014
What is a "Milk Bottle" lighthouse? Buffalo, NY was the only port to have two of them marking its entrances. Read more about the Buffalo North Breakwater, South Side Light.
September 21, 2014
Did you know that when decommissioned, the Sisters Island Lighthouse sold for $6,594 in 1967? Read more of the history of the Sisters Island Lighthouse.
September 12, 2014
Did you know that at one point, a permit was filed to demolish the Ogdensburg Harbor Lighthouse? You can read why in the history of the Ogdensburg Harbor Lighthouse.
September 1, 2014
Did you know that the island on which the Sunken Rock Lighthouse was built was so small, that no residence was supplied to the keeper? Read more about the history of the Sunken Rock Lighthouse.
August 23, 2014
Did you know that the Rock Island Lighthouse was one of three lighthouses authorized by Congress on March 3, 1847, and that a "pirate" was once a keeper there? Read more about the fascinating history of the Rock Island Lighthouse.
August 17, 2014
I have written up and published the history of the Crossover Island Lighthouse near Hammond, New York.
August 4, 2014
I have written up and added the history of the Cape Romain Lighthouse in McClellanville, South Carolina.
July 9, 2014
I have written up and published the history of the Morris Island Lighthouse in Charleston, South Carolina.
June 27, 2014
I have written up and published the history of the Charleston (Sullivan's Island) Lighthouse in Charleston, South Carolina.
June 23, 2014
I have written up and published the history of the Hunting Island Lighthouse on Hunting Island, South Carolina.
June 4, 2014
I have added the history of the Harbour Town Lighthouse on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
June 3, 2014
I have written up and published the history of the Browns Point Lighthouse in Tacoma, Washington.
May 24, 2014
I have written up and published the history of the Virginia Beach (Seatack) Life Saving Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
May 18, 2014
I have written up and published the history of the Assateague Island Lighthouse in the Chincoteague Island, Virginia.
May 3, 2014
I have written up and published the history of the New Cape Henry Lighthouse in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
May 1, 2014
I have written up and published the history of the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
March 29, 2014
I have written up and added the history of the Minot's Ledge Lighthouse near Cohassett, Massachusetts.
March 23, 2014
You may notice a few changes in the website's design. I have re-written the site to make it "responsive," making the site easier to view on mobile devices. The website will detect a smaller viewport size and make font sizes larger and pictures smaller enabling easier viewing. I hope everyone enjoys this.
March 4, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Scituate Lighthouse in Scituate, Massachusetts.
February 23, 2014
I have written up and published the history of the Stage Harbor Lighthouse in Chatham, Massachusetts.
February 17, 2014
I have written up and published the history of the Sankaty Head Lighthouse in Siasconset, Massachusetts.
February 6, 2014
I have added several new questions to the Lighthouse FAQ. Please check it out.
February 5, 2014
I have written up and published the history of the Newburyport Harbor (Plum Island) Lighthouse in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
January 26, 2014
I have written up and published the history of the Ned's Point Lighthouse in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts.
January 23, 2014
I have written up and published the history of the Nantucket Lightship (LV-112/WAL534) in Boston, Massachusetts.
January 22, 2014
I have written up and published the history of the Nantucket I Lightship (WLV-612).
January 19, 2014
I have updated the history of the New Bedford Lightship (LV-114/WAL-536). It was sold for scrap in 2007.
January 15, 2014
I have written up and published the history of the Monomoy Point Lighthouse on South Monomoy Island, Massachusetts.
January 8, 2014
I have written up and published the history of the Hyannis Harbor Lighthouse in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
January 5, 2014
I have written up and published the history of the Highland (Cape Cod) Lighthouse in Truro, Massachusetts.
December 30, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Gay Head Lighthouse in Aquinnah, Massachusetts.
December 21, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse in Edgartown, Massachusetts.
December 14, 2013
I have added the West Chop Lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard to the site.
December 1, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the East Chop Lighthouse in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts.
November 24, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Cape Ann (Thacher Island) Lighthouses on Thacher Island, Massachusetts.
November 5, 2013
November 4, 2013
November 3, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Chatham Lighthouse in Chatham, Massachusetts.
October 1, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Nauset Beach Lighthouse in Eastham, Massachusetts.
September 29, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Three Sisters Lighthouse in Eastham, Massachusetts.
September 21, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Palmer Island Lighthouse in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
I have written up and published the history of the Clark's Point Lighthouse in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
September 10, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Butler Flats Lighthouse in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
September 7, 2013
I have added a bunch of new photos of the Rock Island Lighthouse that I were taken over the summer of 2013 while visiting the island. You can see them by following the link.
August 29, 2013
I have added the 1856 Brant Point Lighthouse to the website along with the corresponding history of it.
August 18, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Brant Point Lighthouse on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts.
July 5, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Borden Flats Lighthouse in Fall River, Massachusetts.
May 7, 2013
We recently visited Ontario, Canada to do some shopping. While there, we visited several Canadian lighthouses. You can read about our trip and what Canadian lighthouses we visited here.
April 24, 2013
April 20, 2013
I have added several new pictures of the Port Dalhousie Rear Range Lighthouse in Port Dalhousie, Ontario.
April 17, 2013
April 14, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Frying Pan Shoals Light Tower located offshore from Southport, North Carolina.
April 7, 2013
I have added, written up, and published the history of the Diamond Shoals Lighthouse.
April 4, 2013
I have written up and published an extensive history of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton, North Carolina.
March 24, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina.
March 16, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Roanoke River Lighthouse in Edenton, North Carolina.
March 12, 2013
I have written up an extensive history of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse on the Core Banks of North Carolina.
March 4, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Bald Head Island Lighthouse on Bald Head Island, North Carolina.
February 24, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Oak Island Lighthouse on Caswell Beach, North Carolina.
February 23, 2013
February 13, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the South Bass Island on South Bass Island, Ohio.
February 2, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Bird Island Lighthouse in Marion, Massachusetts.
January 29, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Bass River (West Dennis) Lighthouse in Dennis, Massachusetts.
January 21, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Latimer Reef Lighthouse in Fishers Island Sound, New York.
January 20, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Warwick Lighthouse in Warwick, Rhode Island.
January 19, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Sakonnet Point Lighthouse in Little Compton, Rhode Island.
January 14, 2013
I have written up and published the history of the Rose Island Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island.
January 4, 2013
January 1, 2013
I have written up and published the history of Point Judith Lighthouse in Point Judith, Rhode Island.
December 30, 2012
December 23, 2012
I have written up and published the history of the Plum Beach Lighthouse located in the West Passage of Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.
December 16, 2012
I am continuing to add additional content to the website. Today I have added the history of the Ida Lewis Rock (Lime Rock) Lighthouse and the Newport Harbor (Goat Island) Lighthouse, both in Newport, Rhode Island.
December 12, 2012
December 8, 2012
I have written up and published the history of the Hog Island Shoal Lighthouse near Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
December 2, 2012
November 28, 2012
I have written up and published the history of the Conanicut Island Lighthouse in Jamestown, Rhode Island.
November 25, 2012
I have written up and published the history of the Castle Hill Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island.
November 23, 2012
I have written up and published the history of the Bristol Ferry Lighthouse in Bristol, Rhode Island.
November 20, 2012
I have written and published the history of the Watch Hill Lighthouse in Westerly, Rhode Island. This lighthouse is one of my personal favorites.
November 6, 2012
I have written up and published the history of the Whale Rock Lighthouse in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island.
November 3, 2012
I have researched and written up the history of the Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse in Saybrook, Connecticut.
October 28, 2012
I have written up and published the history of the Lynde Point (Old Saybrook) Lighthouse in Saybrook, Connecticut. Read about it here.
October 8, 2012
I have added the Rondout Creek (Kingston) Lighthouse in New York to the site.
October 6, 2012
September 8, 2012
I have written up and published the history of the Stonington Harbor Lighthouse in Stonington, Connecticut.
August 11, 2012
I have completed the history of the New London Harbor Lighthouse in New London, Connecticut. It is published here.
May 23, 2012
I have just finished researching and writing up the history of the New London Ledge Lighthouse in New London, Connecticut.
May 19, 2012
I have just finished researching and writing up the history of the Avery Point Lighthouse in Groton, Connecticut.
May 16, 2012
I have added the history of the Lighthouse at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut.
May 13, 2012
While cleaning up my computer, I came across a bunch of pictures that I shot back in 2009 and forgot about them. I am now adding them to the site.
I have also found pictures of the Assateague Island Lighthouse that were contributed a while ago. It has been added to the site.
May 12, 2012
I have added the Cape Mendocino (Replica) Lighthouse in Ferndale, California.
April 24, 2012
I have added several new photos from Dick Kasnick of the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse in California.
April 23, 2012
I have added several new pictures submitted from visitors.
The first addition comes from Fred Roney. He submitted multiple pictures of the Split Rock Lighthouse in Minnesota.
The next addition comes from Dick Kasnick. he submitted multiple pictures of the Point Arena Lighthouse in California.
April 14, 2012
I have just added the history of the Beavertail Lighthouse in Rhode Island.
April 4, 2012
I have finished adding the lighthouse maps to all state pages. You can see the state pages by clicking on the state name on the Lighthouse Directory page.
February 22, 2012
I have written up and posted our Lighthouse Trip of 2011 to the coast of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Read more about this trip.
February 6, 2012
I have enabled commenting on the pictures again. This time I have used a web service called Disqus. Anonymous posting is enabled, however if the spam comes back, then I will change it to registered users only. Enjoy!
December 26, 2011
I have written up and published the history of the Romer Shoal Lighthouse which sits about 2.5 miles off the tip of Sandy Hook, New Jersey.
November 24, 2011
I have written up and published the history of the New Castle Front Range Lighthouse in New Castle, Delaware.
November 11, 2011
I have added the history of the Marcus Hook Lighthouse in Bellefonte, DE.
November 6, 2011
I have added the last lighthouse from our trip this past summer. It is the Watch Hill Lighthouse in Westerly, Rhode Island.
November 5, 2011
November 4, 2011
I have added the Latimer Reef Lighthouse in Fishers Island Sound, NY.
October 31, 2011
I've added the Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
October 30, 2011
October 27, 2011
I have added the Sakonnet Lighthouse in Little Compton, Rhode Island to the site.
October 26, 2011
I have added the Borden Flats Lighthouse in Fall River, Massachusetts to the site.
October 23, 2011
I have added the Palmer Island Lighthouse in New Bedford, Massachusetts to the site.
October 11, 2011
I have added the Butler Flats Lighthouse in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
October 10, 2011
October 9, 2011
October 6, 2011
October 3, 2011
I have added a few more of the Rhode Island lighthouses. Added today are the Whale Rock Lighthouse.
October 1, 2011
September 30, 2011
I have enabled commenting on the photos again.
September 24, 2011
September 17, 2011
I have added pictures of the Nayatt Point Lighthouse in Barrington, Rhode Island.
September 16, 2011
I am starting to add the lighthouses from our past trip back in June. I have added the Conimicut Point Lighthouse in Warwick, Rhode Island.
September 5, 2011
I have written up and published the history of the Fenwick Island Lighthouse in Fenwick Island, Delaware.
August 21, 2011
I have written up and published the history of the Cherry Island Rear Range Lighthouse in Wilmington, Delaware.
August 15, 2011
Contributor Brian Margavich has sent several new photos of the Biloxi Lighthouse, which have also been added to the site.
August 14, 2011
I have written up and published the history of the Michigan City East Pierhead Lighthouse in Michigan City, Indiana.
August 8, 2011
I have written up and published the history of the Old Michigan City Lighthouse.
July 23, 2011
I have written up and published the history of the Gary Harbor Breakwater Lighthouse.
July 20, 2011
I have written up and published the history of the Buffington Breakwater Lighthouse in East Chicago, Indiana.
July 10, 2011
July 4, 2011
I have added new pictures of Stonington Harbor Lighthouse to the site.
July 3, 2011
I have started adding the pictures from our past trip. We had visited 35 lighthouses across Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. To date, I have added new pictures of New London Harbor, New London Ledge, Avery Point and the Mystic Seaport Lighthouses.
There are over 700 pictures that I shot while on this trip. I will add more pictures as I get the time.
June 21, 2011
I have written up and published the history of the Calumet Harbor Breakwater South End Lighthouse in Illinois, which I had unknowingly listed as the Calumet Harbor Lighthouse. This oversight has been corrected.
June 6, 2011
I have written up and published the history of the Waukegan Lighthouse in Illinois.
May 21, 2011
May 10, 2011
I have added the history of the Tuckerton Seaport Lighthouse to the site.
May 8, 2011
I read in the Buffalo News that work is being done to allow the public to access the Buffalo Main Lighthouse. This will be the first time time since September 11, 2001 that the public will have access to the lighthouse.
May 1, 2011I have added the history of the Sea Girt Lighthouse to the site.
April 15, 2011
I have added the history of the Navesink Lighthouse to the site.
April 5, 2011
I have added the history of the Ludlam Beach Lighthouse to the site.
April 1, 2011
I have added the history of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse to the site.
March 23, 2011
I have added the history of the Tinicum Island Rear Range Lighthouse to the site.
March 20, 2011
I have added the history of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse to the site.
March 18, 2011
Added the history of the Finn's Point Range Light to the site.
March 15, 2011
I have added the history of the East Point Lighthouse to the site.
March 14, 2011
March 12, 2011
I have added another New Jersey lighthouse history to the site. Added was the Barnegat Lighthouse.
March 6, 2011
I have started adding detailed historical information for the lighthouses of New Jersey. The first one being updated is the Absecon Lighthouse.
March 5, 2011
Look for the histories of the New Jersey Lighthouses coming soon!
February 26, 2011
February 22, 2011
I have added the history for the Port Washington Lighthouse history.
February 21, 2011
I have been trying to get the historical information added for the Wisconsin lighthouses that we visited back in 2007. So today, I researched and written up the history of several more lighthouses. They are Kevich, Neenah, Kewaunee, and the Manitowoc North Breakwater Lighthouses.
February 8, 2011
November 14, 2010
It was brought to my attention, that the Ludlam Beach Lighthouse was torn down on September 21, 2010. There is a picture available here.
October 10, 2010
Finally finished writing up the New Jersey and Delaware lighthouse trip from this past April. You can read it here.
October 14, 2010
September 21, 2010
Added the Oak Orchard Replica Lighthouse.
September 2, 2010
Added the Marshall Point Lighthouse to the site with several pictures from Dave Clark.
August 31, 2010
Added the Cedar Island Lighthouse entry to the site with several pictures provided by Mike Leahy.
July 24, 2010
I have been working on adding some history / descriptions of some of the past lighthouses that we have visited. The most recently added history pages include the Algoma Pierhead Lighthouse, Kenosha (Southport) and the Front and Rear Grassy Island Range Lights.
July 12, 2010
June 26, 2010
June 14, 2010
I have added the Finns Point Lighthouse to the site.
May 23, 2010
May 8, 2010
May 6, 2010
April 25, 2010
We are back from our lighthouse journey. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to post the light list before the trip, but I was tweaking the list right up to a day or so before leaving.
I will get the new pictures up for the lighthouses that already have entries. For the new additions to the site, I will add them as quickly as I can.
April 17, 2010
March 28, 2010
I am finalizing our plans for our first lighthouse trip of 2010. The area that we are planning to visit is the Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia areas. We might also make it over to Cape May in New Jersey. I am still figuring out which lights we will be able to visit. It will be a little more challenging this year as we will have our two-and-a-half year old son with us. But when we ask him, he says that he is excited and wants to go to the top of a lighthouse!
Once I get the final list together, I will publish it.
January 18, 2010
Added the Turtle Rock Lighthouse in Pennsylvania to the website. You can see the page at Turtle Rock.
January 16, 2010
A newly redesigned US-Lighthouses.com is unveiled. I hope everyone enjoys it.
September 23, 2009
September 17, 2009
September 9, 2009
September 3, 2009
I have started adding a bunch of lighthouses from Nova Scotia. Dennis Kent has been kind enough to contribute a bunch of photos from a trip in 2003. To date, I have added Cape Forchu, Port Bickerton, Georges Island, and Fort Point. There are still many more I have to add, so look for more to come.
August 24, 2009
Added the Bois Blanc Lighthouse to the website. I have also added several new photos to the website, they are of the Round Island Passage, Cheboygan River Front Range, and the Fourteen Foot Shoal Lighthouses. All of this content was provided by Dennis Kent.
August 22, 2009
Added several new lighthouses to the website. Dennis Kent provided several pictures of the St. Helena Island, Marquette Harbor, and McGulpin Point Lighthouses. I have also added several new photos of the Poe Reef and the Round Island Lighthouses, which were also contributed by Dennis.
August 9, 2009
Added Dennis Kent's Copper Harbor Lighthouse photos to the site.
July 29, 2009
April 9, 2009
We were planning on visiting Splash Lagoon in Erie, PA. I figured while we were there, why not stop by the several lighthouses in Erie to get some updated photos.
December 27, 2008
Added the Three Sisters of Nauset lighthouses to the site.
December 22, 2008
November 24, 2008
Near the end of October, I traveled to Hyannis, Massachusetts for work. I made sure that I arrived early Sunday morning so that I would have all day to do some sightseeing. I was able to visit a bunch of lighthouses.
September 7, 2008
I have now finished adding the rest of the pictures from the EM Cotter fire boat ride back in August. So added were: Buffalo Breakwater, Buffalo Main, and the Intake Crib Lighthouses. The other pictures were added previously.
Also, I took a trip back in December of last year to Lake Ontario. I added most of the pictures already, but never got to adding the new pictures to Thirty Mile Point. So those were added as well. Hopefully, I can get around to writing up this trip report soon.
September 2, 2008
Sorry I have been absent for a while. My son has been keeping me busy. However, I do have some new pictures to share will everyone.
My uncle won a trip on the EM Cotter, the fireboat for the City of Buffalo, and was able to bring guests. I was eager to attend since I knew the boat would pass by the Buffalo Main Lighthouse. However, it also passed by the Buffalo North Breakwater, Buffalo Breakwater, and the South Buffalo Southside. Off in the distance, we could see the Buffalo Intake Crib and the Horseshoe Reef Lights. I haven't had a chance to get all of the pictures up yet, but will work to do so.
July 22, 2008
Jeld-Wen is offering windows and doors to one of twelve lighthouses
From the Jeld-Wen website: The election of the year is here! Twelve lighthouses are the final candidates from among 49 nominees in the JELD-WEN© Reliable Lighthouse Restoration Initiative. Community support is very important in preserving lighthouses, so we invite you once again to help select one lighthouse to win new JELD-WEN windows and doors. Please review these final candidates and vote on or before September 7, 2008. Feel free to forward this page to friends and neighbors in your community. One person, one vote, and every vote counts!
May 31, 2008
Added several new pictures of the Barcelona Lighthouse in Westfield, NY. View all pictures added at this link.
January 27, 2008
I have finally finished writing the trip report for our trip to Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana last May. Sorry for the delay in getting this out. Anyways, it is published here.
December 2, 2007
I have started the long task of adding historical data and lighthouse descriptions to the Wisconsin lighthouses from our trip back in May. To date, I have completed the following:
November 18, 2007
I have added the rest of the lighthouses from our Door County Lighthouse Trip. The lighthouses added are Waukegan Harbor, Grosse Point, Chicago Harbor, and the Chicago Harbor Southeast Guidewall Lighthouses. At this point, all lighthouses and photos from the trip have been added to the site. I now have to go through all entries and add descriptions and history data to each. Therefore, over the next few months, look for content to be added.
November 14, 2007
Added Kenosha Pierhead Lighthouse to the website. I still have more to be added from my trip this past spring. This puts an end to Wisconsin lighthouses. Next will be Illinois.
November 8, 2007
Added Kenosha (Southport) Lighthouse to the site.
November 4, 2007
I still have Kenosha and Kenosha Pierhead lighthouses to add before I am done with Wisconsin. Then I will move onto adding the lighthouses in Illinois that I visited.
October 23, 2007
September 27, 2007
September 13, 2007
September 11, 2007
Added Rawley Point Lighthouse into the site. I am still adding the lighthouses that I photographed during the Door County Lighthouse Walk back in May to the site. Look for more to be added in the future.
August 30, 2007
Several new lighthouses have been added since the last entry. They are Pilot Island, Plum Island, Cana Island, Eagle Bluff, Sherwood Point, Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal, and Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal North Pierhead Lighthouses. Look for more coming soon.
August 8/9, 2007
August 6, 2007
Added Baileys Harbor Lighthouse to the website.
August 2, 2007
Wisconsin lighthouses continue to get added to the site. The latest additions include Algoma Pierhead, Kewaunee Pierhead, Grassy Island Front and Rear Ranges, as well as all the lighthouses around Lake Winnebago. Please continue to stop back and check up on us. More and more keep getting added. Its going fairly slowly as it is more work than I originally thought. :)
July 12, 2007
I have started adding Wisconsin Lighthouses to the website. I have started adding the lighthouses that are around Lake Winnebago. Look for the Lake Michigan lighthouses coming soon.
June 11, 2007
My wife and I attended the Door County Lighthouse Walk back during May. I have just started to get some of the pictures up on the website. We ended up getting pictures of a lot of the Wisconsin, all of Illinois, and most of the Indiana lighthouses. And on the way back through Ohio, we stopped at the Manhattan Front and Rear Range Lighthouses in Toledo, and also got some updated pictures of the Huron Harbor Lighthouse.
I have started adding the Indiana Lighthouses to the website first. There are only two listed so far, but look for more later this week.
March 19, 2007
Regarding the posting of comments on pictures...It is still enabled. But instead of them being posted immediately, I must now approve them due to spammers. People felt the need to post gibberish for either medicine, or porn....so those comments get deleted before being posted. All legitimate comments are approved and show up within a day.
March 19, 2007
I have been cataloging all of my photos, and have found several that have not made it onto the site. So I have been adding those to the site as I go. Please check the "Whats New?" page to see what pictures have been added.
Another thing I have been doing during the cataloging is rescanning some pictures. Most of the early pictures that I had scanned for the site were too compressed, and therefore lost a lot of clarity. So I am rescanning them.
February 5, 2007
There are several lighthouses that I had bundled under the Dunkirk Lighthouse. Some of the exhibits they have at the maritime museum on the grounds are original lighthouses from the Buffalo area. So I felt a need to break them out as their own pages. They are: the Grand Island Rear Range Lighthouse and the South Buffalo North Side Lighthouse. Another lighthouse that I had included in the Dunkirk Lighthouse page was the Dunkirk Pierhead Light.
January 16, 2007
Added several new pictures of the Charlotte-Genesee lighthouse.
January 8, 2007
I have added some new functionality to the site. I have set up a system where people can post comments on the pictures on the website. This functionality is in the archive picture viewing area under each lighthouse. To get to this area, you first have to view a lighthouse, and then click on the "View more pictures..." button at the bottom of the page. This will then take you to the archive pictures section. Then just click on any of the photos to get to the viewer where you can leave comments and vote on the pictures.
I just want to set some ground rules for posting comments on the pictures. Please refrain from posting profanity or HTML links in the comments. To make certain that this rule is adhered to, all comments are emailed to me as well as posted to the site. If the comment is found to be offensive or have profanity in it, it will be removed. Also, very little HTML is allowed in the posts. The only tags that are allowed are BOLD and ITALICS. All other HTML code will be stripped out before being posted.
I really hope that people will follow these few simple rules. To help ensure this, I will also log all poster's IP addresses. If I find that one particular IP address is causing problems, I will take actions to block it. If I find that people are continually causing problems, then I will either remove the system, or set it up so that only registered users will be allowed to post comments. I hope that it won't come down to that.
I have also added a new link on the main page of the site. This will show all lighthouses sorted by tower height. Just click on the Listing By Tower Height link on the upper left hand side of the main page.
December 23, 2006
Directions to all lighthouses as well as GPS coordinates are done. The only ones that I could not find were for the two lighthouses in Germany, as well as the one in French Guiana. I am now working on adding more history and detail to the descriptions of the lighthouses. So please bear with me as I attempt to update the almost 300 lighthouses.
December 12, 2006
I have finished adding GPS coordinates and directions for a bunch more states. Recently added are California, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
December 4, 2006
I have began adding GPS coordinates (latitude and longitude) for each lighthouse as well as directions to them. For the directions, I try to start out from the closest city near the lighthouse and then provide the directions to the light, or the best viewing area(s) for the lighthouse.
As for the GPS coordinates, these are not the exact spot on the earth of the light. Since I decided to only 3 decimal points, the coordinates are approximations. In other words, if you were standing at these points, you should be able to see the tower. So far, I have finished the following states: Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.
November 11, 2006
November 8, 2006
November 1, 2006
I have teamed up with AllPosters.com to create an affiliate store with them. Please check it out here - Lighthouse Photos / posters for sale. I have also updated the books section to feature new titles. Please check that out here - Lighthouse books.
August 27, 2006
I finally wrote our my travels to Oregon / Washington back in October of 2005, and our trip to Florida in May of 2006. You can read about them here.
June 13, 2006
I finished scanning and uploading the rest of the pictures from my Florida trip. There are now 81 pictures in the Ponce Inlet picture archive.
June 7, 2006
Florida trip update: I added many new pictures of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. Please check them out.
May 31, 2006
Florida trip update: I added many new pictures of St. Augustine Lighthouse. Please check them out.
May 21, 2006
I was recently in Florida, and had a chance to photograph Sanibel Island. With this, I added over 50 new pictures of Sanibel Island Lighthouse. Please check them out.
April 26, 2006
Please help support us-lighthouses.com
Do you like this website? Do you find it useful? If so, how would you like to help support it? For years, I have ran this site as a hobby and lighthouse enthusiast. I have provided information, photos, and answered hundreds of questions. I have done all of this on my own time and money. What I would like to do is offset some of my operating costs by selling reprints of the many lighthouse photos that I have taken over the years. I would offer many popular sizes, and sell them at a reasonable price. What I would like to do is guage the interest from you, the site visitors. If this seems like something you would be interested in, please let me know by emailing webmaster @ us-lighthouses.com. I am hoping to make a decision soon, but would like to know the interest level. Thanks.
March 18, 2006
Since I have been adding a ton of new pictures and lighthouses to the website within the last few weeks, I created a new page that will quickly summarize what I have done. It is called the "Latest Lighthouses and Photo Additions Page". This page will show all of the lighthouses and photos that have been added within the last 30 days. If you like / hate / have ideas for improvements, please let me know.
March 7, 2006
New Lighthouse Event Added: THE MAINE INGREDIENTS: LOBSTERS, LIGHTHOUSES & LUXURY. Get more information on this event on the events page.
February 20, 2006
There are now 2570 lighthouse photos in the database.
Added the Swiftsure Lightship to the website. It is the last one to be added from my trip to Oregon and Washington in early October of 2005.
I also got the time to add the rest of the pictures of the California lighthouses that I have. So, I have added extra pictures of Alcatraz Island, Santa Cruz, East Brother Island, and Point Montara Lighthouses. I also learned the names of the lighthouses on Angel Island. So I changed my general title of Angel Island Lighthouses to their correct names. So they are listed as Point Stuart and Point Blunt.
I also started adding some lighthouse pictures from South Carolina. Again, these are pictures that I had from some time ago, but never got to add to the site. They are Morris Island, Sullivans Island, Harbour Town, Governor's Point, and Hunting Island Lighthouses.
February 6, 2006
January 29, 2006
I added a Frequently Asked Questions page to the website. I provide answers to the most commonly asked questions that I have received over the years. If you have a question that you think should be added, please send it to me. email@example.com
Also added to the website were several new pictures of the Grays Harbor Lighthouse in Washington state.
January 25, 2006
Towards the end of September of 2005, I had to head to Hillsboro, OR again for work. This time I scheduled a few extra days of vacation and had my wife fly out to meet me. We took some time and went up to Seattle as well as went down the Oregon coast. I haven't had a chance to write this up yet, but did start adding some new photos that I took from the trip.
May 27, 2005
A trip for work took me out to Hillsboro, OR, where I got to get out to the Oregon / Washington coast. I got to photograph Cape Disappointment, North Head Light, the Columbia Lightship and got to take a few new photos of Tillamook Rock.
December 22, 2004
I added two new lighthouses to the site. Old Point Loma and New Point Loma. I have also added several more pictures of Diamond Head Lighthouse, Presque Isle Lighthouse in Pennsylvania, Erie Land Light, and the Erie Pierhead Lighthouse.
December 21, 2004
Lighthouse Ranking has been enabled.
In an effort to make the website more interactive, I have set it up so that you can rate the lighthouses as well as pictures. So when you visit a lighthouse page, you will see numbers below the lighthouse. These are for the lighthouse, and NOT that picture of the light. So feel free to rank the lights as well. Vote for your favorite light! I have created a Top Ten Lighthouses page that lists the current standings of the lighthouses. So stop by and take a peek, if you don't agree, get out there and vote.
November 15, 2004
Picture Rating is back!
I have recreated the picture rating application, and it is now online. So as you browse through the picture archives, please feel free to rate the pictures. To get to the picture archives, simply visit any lighthouse page, and click on the "View More Pictures of this Lighthouse" button at the bottom of the page. In fact, you can start rating by clicking on the Cape Hatteras pictures link below.
*On December 1, 2004, I will create a page that lists the Top 20 Lighthouse Pictures on the site. So get out there and start rating the pictures.
Cape Hatteras Pictures uploaded to the site
I have finally scanned in all of my picture of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. There are over 70 pictures of this lighthouse which include before the move, DURING THE MOVE (back from 1999), and a few from after the move was complete. See the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse pictures.
I have also added many new pictures of the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse. See them here.
October 12, 2004
October 6, 2004
August 5, 2004
Added a bunch of new content. Some of this was on the website before the server crash, and some of it is a new content. I have finally re-focused and will hopefully be adding stuff (at least) weekly.
July 18, 2004
Added Biloxi lighthouse into the website. This includes 25 pictures donated by Cheryl Hill.
January 28, 2004
My web-hosting company allowed the system to become infected with a vulnerability. This resulted in the company taking down the system to rebuild it, only to find out that their back ups didn't work. The entire site was lost.
I was able to recover the site to January of 2003. This resulted in a ton of lost data.
May 23, 2003
I was down in Erie, PA not too long ago and got some newer pictures of the different Erie Lighthouses. This was the first time I used my digital camera to take pictures. Anyways, some of the lights that have newer pictures are: Erie Land Lighthouse, Erie Pierhead, Presque Isle, and Erie Waterworks tower.
January 19, 2003
Added a bunch of pictures from Dennis Kent of Upper Peninsula lighthouses, including two bed and breakfasts.
October 20, 2002
I added many pictures that people have sent in over the last year. Please check out the Grand Island East Channel Light in Michigan and several shots of Southeast Block Island in Rhode Island. Also added were new pictures of Yerba Buena in California and a great new shot of Portland Head Light in Maine.
May 11, 2002
I added a picture of the Molokai Lighthouse in Hawaii. Kim Halstead was nice enough to send it in. Also, Kim recently visited Sydney, Australia and sent a bunch of pictures from Sydney Harbor. Please check them out!
April 21, 2002
Bonnie Harrington has sent some more pictures of the Oregon Lighthouses. I have added the Heceta Head pictures that she sent.
I have also added a few more pictures of the Port Burwell Lighthouse that I took last summer that I just recently got developed.
December 9, 2001
Finally fished the write up of our Michigan Trip. Wow, that took awhile. Also added a write up of our Long Point Lighthouse Cruise. This was a cruise that was sponsored by the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keeper's Association.
November 18, 2001
Added Lighthouse and Picture Voting to the website. At the bottom of each individual lighthouse or picture, there will be a numbered scale of 1 to 10. Click on one of these numbers to register your vote. For more instructions, read the instructions page.
October 4, 2001
Added the rest of Bonnie Harrington's Oregon Lighthouse pictures. Please check them out at this page.
September 19, 2001
Added the final Canadian lighthouse, Long Point Lighthouse. We did the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keeper's Association cruise to Long Point back in August.
September 16, 2001
Bonnie Harrington has sent a bunch more pictures of Oregon Lighthouses. I will get those up as soon as possible for everyone to enjoy.
September 15, 2001
Added a bunch more pictures to the lighthouse archives. The website now contains over 1640 unique lighthouse pictures! Some of the recent ones I have added are for the Prescott Breakwater, Prescott Visitor's Center, and Windmill Point Lighthouses in Ontario. Other lighthouses added to the website include Port Dover Lighthouse in Ontario and the East Charity Shoal lighthouse in Lake Ontario.
September 9, 2001
September 4, 2001
September 3, 2001
Added more Michigan lights. This batch includes New Presque Isle, Port Sanilac, Round Island, Round Island Passage, South Haven, St. Joseph North Pierhead, and the St. Joseph Lighthouse Depot. There is finally only four more left to add!
August 31, 2001
Added the several lights from the Presque Isle area. These include the Old Front and Rear Range Lights, and the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse. Also added were Poe Reef, Saginaw River Rear Range, and Peche Island Lighthouses. This brings the Michigan page up to 41 lights!
August 26, 2001
August 12, 2001
August 8, 2001
Added several more lighthouses from Michigan today. I added the Robert H. Manning Memorial Lighthouse and the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse. I also added several pictures of the Holland Harbor Light to the archive section. I STILL have a bunch more Michigan lights to add!
I will also be joining the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association's Long Point Cruise this weekend on Lake Erie. The cruise passes by the Long Point Lighthouse and then visits Port Burwell Light. For more information visit www.gllka.com
August 4, 2001
July 21, 2001
Added a few more new Michigan lighthouses. There are still many more to add! (At last count, about 30) This batch includes Whitefish Point, Grand Haven, Frankfort North Breakwater, Cheboygan River Front Range, Fourteen Foot Shoal, and Forty Mile Point. To see these lighthouses, visit the Michigan Lighthouses page. Look for many more to come.
July 15, 2001
Added in several new Michigan lighthouses including Point Betsie, Big Sable Point, Point Aux Barques, and Point Austin Reef. To see these lighthouses, visit the Michigan Lighthouses page. Look for many more to come.
May 15, 2001
We just got back from our 1900 mile tour of mostly lower Michigan with a quick jaunt north to Whitefish Point Lighthouse. Once again, GPS becomes a huge saving grace. GPS guided us quickly and efficiently to the lighthouses. Stay tuned for the write up and lights coming soon.
March 11, 2001
We just got back from our trip to Toronto, Ontario. This was just kind of a "get out of town for the weekend" type trip. We did manage to see some lighthouses though. We visited the Burlington Main and Canal Lights, Oakville, and Queen's Wharf Lighthouses.
October 29, 2000
September 18, 2000
Added several lighthouses that were contributed. Dennis Kent contributed the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, South Manitou Island, and North Manitou Shoal in Michigan, and Kim Halstead had contributed two lighthouses of Hawaii. Barbers Point and Diamond Head. She has actually contributed many more, however, I have yet to get them up yet.
September 9, 2000
I finally finished the writeup of my recent trip photographing the lighthouses of the 1000 Islands. This will allow you to retrace my steps to visit the same lighthouses and hopefully take some of the guesswork out of finding them.
August 29, 2000
I have finally finished adding all the lighthouses from my 1000 Islands trip back at the beginning of August. I covered 6 lighthouses in New York and 10 in Ontario, Canada. Currently, they can be viewed under the Lighthouses of Ontario and Lighthouses of New York Page.
July 30, 2000
I have a lot of news to announce today: First off, I finished adding the rest of Dennis Kent's Michigan lighthouse photos. These include the Peninsula Point Lighthouse, Manistique East Breakwater, and the Sand Point Lighthouse in Escanaba, Michigan.
Secondly, Patty Gise, a regular contributor to this website has submitted a bunch more Maine lighthouses to be featured on this page. The contributed pictures include: Owl's Head, Curtis Island, Indian Island, Tenant's Harbor, Two Bush Light, Rockland Breakwater, Whitehead Light, and Brant Point in Massachusetts. These will be added as I get time. This will bring the Maine Lighthouse section up to 12 lighthouses.
Lastly, I am starting a mailing list for this website. The mailing list will send out messages from myself to let regular visitors know when lights have been added, or pages have been updated. Please e-mail the webmaster if you would like to be included on this list. Please put the words "SUBSCRIBE" in the subject line of the e-mail.
July 29, 2000
Dennis Kent had contributed the first Hawaiian lighthouse to be featured on the www.us-lighthouses.com website. The lighthouse is the Kilauea Point Lighthouse located on Kauai Island of Hawaii. Also added was the Seul Choix Point Lighthouse in Michigan. Dennis has also contributed the Sand Point Lighthouse, Manistique light, and the Peninsula Point Lighthouse. I also have a bunch more Maine Lighthouses to add to the site that were contributed by Patty Gise.
July 27, 2000
The archive page is finally available. The section already has about 470+ pictures and is still growing. The section will feature my whole lighthouse photograph collection. I still have a whole bunch of pictures that have yet to be scanned in. This section also features pictures that people have submitted that there is already a main page for.
July 14, 2000
I have added the first Michigan lighthouse to be featured on the www.us-lighthouses.com website. It is the Point Iroquois Lightstation and was submitted by Dennis Kent.
June 11, 2000
I finally finished the trip report / write up from the Florida Keys vacation back in May. Sorry for the delay.
June 10, 2000
Katja Thomas has contributed a bunch more pictures. The St. Johns River Light has already been added, look for more to come.
May 29, 2000
The lighthouses of the Florida Keys are now completely added. Still to come is my personal accounts of the trip. The final addition includes Sand Key Lighthouse, Logger Key Lighthouse, and the Rebecca Shoals Light. I also covered two that were not in the Florida Keys. They are the Cape Florida Lighthouse off the coast of Miami on Key Biscayne and the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse north of Miami in Pompano Beach.
May 27, 2000
Sorry that the Florida Key's lighthouses are being put up so slowly, but I have been very busy. I have finished two more, though. They are Key West Lighthouse and the Garden Key Lighthouse on Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. Katja Thomas has also sent several more Florida lighthouse pictures that will be added in the near future.
May 21, 2000
May 14, 2000
I was in the Florida Keys from April 27 - May 2. While there I photographed the numerous lighthouses that mark the reefs. All lighthouse pictures have been scanned and I am currently working on adding the text for each. I have since finished two lighthouses, they are Alligator Reef and Sombrero Key. The rest of the lighthouses and trip write up will be coming shortly...hopefully.
April 18, 2000
I finally finished the whole write up on the Lake Erie / Ohio trip...Read about it here. From the last update on the 11th, I have added Cleveland East Entrance Light, Huron Harbor Pierhead, Port Clinton Pier, and the Sandusky Harbor Pierhead Light.
April 11, 2000
I am still working on adding the Ohio Lighthouses that I took on March 31. However, the ones that are up right now are Ashtabula, Lorain East and West, Cleveland East and West, Old Fairport Harbor Main, Fairport Harbor West, Vermilion, and Conneaut West Breakwater.
April 4, 2000
The lighthouse sitting on the grounds of the University of Connecticut has been identified as the Avery Point Lighthouse. It is listed in all the regular lighthouse section now. The Lighthouse Mysteries section is now vacant. If you have any unidentified lighthouse pictures, please send then to me.
April 2, 2000
Added a new section called Lighthouse Mysteries to get help in identifying a certain lighthouse that sits on the grounds of the University of Connecticut. Also added a new Canadian lighthouse called Windmill Point submitted by Jim Moeller.
March 31, 2000
I just got back from from visiting several Ohio lighthouses. I covered from the Pennsylvania - Ohio border all the way over to Port Clinton, Ohio. I covered about 16 lighthouses and do have one of the new lighthouses up already - South Bass Island.
March 22, 2000
March 20, 2000
February 15, 2000
A newly designed www.us-lighthouses.com is unveiled.
September 19, 1999
After a few minor computer problems, which included reformatting my hard drive, I am back with some updates. I finished adding some more of the California lighthouses that were sent to me by Micahel Jackman. I have also added two very nice Ohio lighthouses sent to me by Phyllis Ralston.
September 2, 1999
I finally got around to putting up all the photographs that have been submitted over the last month. Pages that have been added:
July 18, 1999
Finally added a better picture of the Price's Creek Lighthouse and a better picture of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Don't forget to see the new mobile lighthouse. That's right, I have added pictures of the Cape Hatteras move.
July 7, 1999
Added directions to the Roanoke River Lighthouse.
July 6, 1999
Great news! I was in Buffalo over the Independence day weekend and managed to visit the two lighthouses I missed last year. You may recall that they were the Oswego West Pierhead and the Braddock Point Lighthouse. Also while in the Rochester, NY area, I managed to photograph the Rochester Pierhead Light which I was not aware of last year. And there is also an addition to the page. I had some extra time, so I spent some time across the border and discovered some of the neighboring lighthouses. Read about the trip here.
June 13, 1999
May 17, 1999
New North Carolina lighthouse visited! Acting upon directions e-mailed to me from Chris Burnett, I visited the last remaining screw-pile lighthouse in the state...The Roanoke River Light.
Also added the lighthouse at Lighthouse Village in North Myrtle Beach. It is just a fixture in their community, but nonetheless a lighthouse.
May 7, 1999
Added information and pictures of Hooper Straight Lighthouse.
February 25, 1999
Finished getting the San Francisco pictures up. I had to make two sections since I covered so many. They are broken into the two different days that I covered the lighthouses, click the day below to find out more: