New Castle Range Rear Light

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New Castle Range Rear Light
New castle range rear light 1933.JPG
the tower in 1933
New Castle Range Rear Light is located in Delaware
New Castle Range Rear Light
Location Adjacent to 718 Grantham Ln, New Castle, Delaware
Coordinates 39°38′54″N 75°35′56″W / 39.6482°N 75.5990°W / 39.6482; -75.5990Coordinates: 39°38′54″N 75°35′56″W / 39.6482°N 75.5990°W / 39.6482; -75.5990
Year first constructed 1876
Year first lit 1953
Automated 1953
Construction Wood frame (first)
Steel (current)
Tower shape house with tower on roof (first)
Skeletal tower (current)
Characteristic continuous green light[1]

The New Castle Range Rear Light is a lighthouse in Delaware, United States, on the Delaware River near New Castle, Delaware.[2]

History[edit]

This range was constructed in 1876 to mark the main channel past Pea Patch Island and Bulkhead Shoal; it took its name from the town, somewhat to the northeast of the lights.[3] The rear tower was integral to its dwelling, a two story frame house, and was located on a 1 acre plot half a mile from the front light. It was supplanted by a steel skeleton tower in 1953, but the original house remained standing until deliberately burned in 1982 after falling into disrepair and a previous fire in 1975.[1][2][3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Delaware". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 
  2. ^ a b Delaware Lighthouses and Range Lights, Google Books
  3. ^ a b "New Castle Range, DE". LighthouseFriends. Retrieved 2013-06-18.