List of lighthouses in the United States

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Boston Light, the oldest light station and second oldest lighthouse structure in the USA.
Charleston Light, the last manned lighthouse built on shore in the United States

This is a list of lighthouses in the United States. The United States has had approximately a thousand lights as well as light towers, range lights, and pier head lights. Michigan has the most lights of any state with over 150 past and present lights.

Most of the lights in the United States have been built and maintained by the Coast Guard (since 1939) and its predecessors, the United States Lighthouse Service (1910–1939) and the United States Lighthouse Board (1852–1910). Before the Lighthouse Board was established, local collectors of customs were responsible for lighthouses under Stephen Pleasonton. As their importance to navigation has declined and as public interest in them has increased, the Coast Guard has been handing over ownership and in some cases responsibility for running them to other parties, the chief of them being the National Park Service under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000.


Alabama[edit]

Alaska[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Alaska". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

California[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: California". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Alcatraz Island Light
East Brother Island Light
Point Reyes Light

Connecticut[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Connecticut". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Stonington Harbor Light
Morgan Point Light

Delaware[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Delaware". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Fourteen Foot Bank Light, in the Delaware Bay


Florida[edit]

Alligator Reef Light, four miles (7 km) east of Indian Key in the Florida Keys
St. Augustine Light near St. Augustine, Florida
Gasparilla Island Light, Boca Grande, Florida

Georgia[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Georgia". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Hawaii[edit]

Lahaina Light, Maui, Hawaii

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Hawaii". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Illinois[edit]

Grosse Point, IL

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Illinois". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Indiana[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Indiana". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Notable faux lighthouses:

  • Cooper Memorial (1997), on the Prairie Creek Reservoir near Muncie, is an active light but does not meet the Directory's size standard for a lighthouse.
  • Gloryland Lighthouse, near New Castle, is not on navigable water.

Kentucky[edit]

Lighthouses in Kentucky and Tennessee

Notable faux lighthouses
  • Louisville Waterfront Plaza, lighthouses on top of building

Louisiana[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Louisiana". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Maine[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maine". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Petit Manan Light, home of the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge
Dice Head Light, Castine
Fort Point Light, Stockton

Maryland[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maryland". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Thomas Point Shoal Light near Annapolis

Massachusetts[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Massachusetts". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Borden Flats Light
Duxbury Pier Light in Plymouth harbor
Nauset Light

Michigan[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Michigan". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.  The Michigan.gov website has a Map of Michigan Lighthouses in PDF format.

Minnesota[edit]

Grand Marais Light

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Minnesota". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Mississippi[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Mississippi". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Nebraska[edit]

New Hampshire[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: New Hampshire". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

New Jersey[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: New Jersey". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Barnegat Light

New York[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: New York". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Montauk Point Lighthouse, the very first lighthouse in New York State.

North Carolina[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: North Carolina". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

America's tallest lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Light, located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

Ohio[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Ohio". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Oklahoma[edit]

Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Oklahoma". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Notable faux lighthouses

Oregon[edit]

Tillamook Rock Light
Umpqua River Light

Pennsylvania[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Pennsylvania". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

In addition, Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of the United States: Northwestern Pennsylvania". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  lists:

Southeastern Pennsylvania Lighthouses

Schuylkill River Lighthouse

Notable faux lighthouses:

Lost lighthouses:

Puerto Rico[edit]

See Lighthouses in Puerto Rico

Rhode Island[edit]

South Carolina[edit]

Morris Island Light Charleston,SC

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: South Carolina". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 


Tennessee[edit]

Lighthouses in Kentucky and Tennessee

Notable faux lighthouse

Texas[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Texas". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Vermont[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Vermont". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

On Lake Champlain:

On Lake Memphremagog:

Virginia[edit]

Old and New Cape Henry Lights

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Virginia". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Washington[edit]

Admiralty Head Light

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Washington". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

West Virginia[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

"Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Wisconsin". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 

Outer Island Light, Apostle Islands

Territories[edit]

Puerto Rico[edit]

See List of lighthouses in Puerto Rico

Other territories and minor islands[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • U.S. Coast Guard, Historically Famous Lighthouses (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1957).
  • Wagner, John L. "Beacons Shining in the Night: The Lighthouses of Michigan". Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University. 
  • Wagner, John L., Michigan Lighthouses: An Aerial Photographic Perspective, (East Lansing, Michigan: John L. Wagner, 1998) ISBN 1-880311-01-1 ISBN 9781880311011.
  • Weiss, George, The Lighthouse Service, Its History, Activities and Organization (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1926).
  • Wright, Larry and Wright, Patricia, Great Lakes Lighthouses Encyclopedia Hardback (Erin: Boston Mills Press, 2006) ISBN 1-55046-399-3.

External links[edit]

General[edit]

Great Lakes[edit]

Notes[edit]