Marcus Hook Range Rear Light

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Marcus Hook Range Rear Light
Marcus Hook Rear Range Light.png
Lightouse viewed from shore.
Location Just South of Bellefonte, Delaware
Coordinates 39°45′44″N 75°30′11″W / 39.7622°N 75.5031°W / 39.7622; -75.5031
Year first constructed 1915
Year first lit 1920
Automated 1950s
Foundation Concrete
Construction Reinforced concrete
Tower shape Square
Height 105 feet (32 m)
Focal height 278 feet (85 m)
Original lens Fourth order Fresnel lens
Current lens RL-24
Characteristic Fixed red (initially fixed white)
Marcus Hook Range Rear Light
Marcus Hook Range Rear Light is located in Delaware
Marcus Hook Range Rear Light
Location Light House Road
Wilmington, Delaware
Coordinates 39.7622°N 75.5031°W / 39.7622°N 75.5031°W / 39.7622; -75.5031Coordinates: 39.7622°N 75.5031°W / 39.7622°N 75.5031°W / 39.7622; -75.5031
Built 1918
Architect unknown
Architectural style Colonial Revival/other
Governing body Federal
NRHP Reference # 89000287[1][2]
Added to NRHP March 27, 1989

Marcus Hook Range Rear Light is a lighthouse near Bellefonte, Delaware marking a range on the Delaware River. It is the highest light on the Atlantic coast of the United States.[3]

History[edit]

The permanent structure was preceded by a temporary light on a post, erected in 1915.[3] The present tower was built in 1918 and was composed of nine sections of reinforced concrete; there is also an oil house and a keeper's dwelling on the site. The original beacon displayed a fixed white light using a Fourth order Fresnel lens; this was removed in the early 1980s and replaced with a RL-24 beacon, displaying a fixed red indication. The light was automated in the 1950s, but the keeper's house was occupied by Coast Guard personnel until 2004.[4][5]

In March 2005 the lighthouse became available for transfer under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act, but in 2010 a private owner bought the lighthouse and the accompanying home on the property. The tower is an active aid to navigation and not open to the public.

Front Light[edit]

The Marcus Hook Range Front Light stands about 100 yards (91 m) offshore, 1.6 miles (2.6 km) to the northeast of Marcus Hook Range Rear Light.[3] The present tower was erected in 1925 and was preceded by a temporary light tower erected in 1915.[3] It has always been automated.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ NHRP Registration form
  3. ^ a b c d Trapani, Bob (2007). Delaware Lights: A History of Lighthouses in the First State. The History Press. p. 138. ISBN 1-59629-021-8. 
  4. ^ "Marcus Hook Rear Range, DE". Lighthouse Friends. 
  5. ^ DeWire, Elinor (2011). Lighthouses of the Mid-Atlantic Coast: Your Guide to the Lighthouses of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Minneapolis: Voyageur Press. p. 154. Retrieved 2012-10-05.