Craighill Channel Upper Range Front Light

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Craighill Channel Upper Range Front Light
Craighill Cutoff Front Light.JPG
undated photograph of the Craighill Channel Upper Range Front Light (USCG)
Location West of Fort Howard (North Point) on the north shore of the Patapsco River
Coordinates 39°11′50″N 76°26′54″W / 39.1971°N 76.4482°W / 39.1971; -76.4482Coordinates: 39°11′50″N 76°26′54″W / 39.1971°N 76.4482°W / 39.1971; -76.4482
Year first lit 1886
Automated 1929
Foundation stone
Construction brick
Tower shape square tower
Height 15 feet (4.6 m)

Fixed red (originally white)

Craighill Channel Lower Range Front Light Station
Nearest city Baltimore, Maryland
Area less than one acre
Built 1873
Governing body Federal
MPS Light Stations of the United States MPS
NRHP Reference # 02001420[1]
Added to NRHP December 2, 2002

The Craighill Channel Upper Range Front Light is one of a pair of range lights that marks the second section of the shipping channel into Baltimore harbor.


Work on the upper range lights commenced in 1885 and was completed in time to allow activation in January 1886. An initial plan to reuse the west North Point Range Light was discarded in favor of a tiny brick structure constructed on the foundation of the old light. The keeper's house was built on the shore, and a long wooden bridge allowed access to the light itself. Initially a locomotive headlight was installed to show a fixed white light.

Three years after improvements to the keeper's house were made in 1890, the bridge to the light was destroyed by a storm. Rather than rebuild it, the headlight was moved to the exterior of the light, and the keeper took up residence in the light itself. The light was electrified and automated in 1929. Although there are some claims that the light was rebuilt in 1938, this is believed to be a misunderstanding based on discrepancies in the reported height of the light over the years.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 


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