Pomham Rocks Light

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Pomham Rocks Light
Pomham Rocks Lighthouse.jpg
Pomham Rocks Light in 2007, viewed from a boat.
Pomham Rocks Light is located in Rhode Island
Pomham Rocks Light
Location Riverside Rd., East Providence, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°46′39.062″N 71°22′10.394″W / 41.77751722°N 71.36955389°W / 41.77751722; -71.36955389Coordinates: 41°46′39.062″N 71°22′10.394″W / 41.77751722°N 71.36955389°W / 41.77751722; -71.36955389
Year first constructed 1871
Year first lit 1871
Automated 1974
Deactivated 1974-2006
Foundation Stone
Construction Wood
Tower shape Octagonal on square house
Markings / pattern White with black lantern and red roof on house
Focal height 67 feet (20 m)
Original lens 6th order Fresnel lens
Current lens 9.8 inches (250 mm)
Range 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi)
Characteristic Fixed Red
Fog signal none
Admiralty number J0602
ARLHS number USA-643
USCG number

1-18555 [1] [2] [3]

Pomham Rocks Light Station
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Governing body U.S. Coast Guard
MPS Lighthouses of Rhode Island TR (AD)
NRHP Reference # 79000001 [4]
Added to NRHP July 09, 1979

Pomham Rocks Light (also known as "Pomham Lighthouse") is a historic lighthouse in the Providence River about 200 yards (180 m) off the shoreline of the Riverside neighborhood of the city of East Providence, Rhode Island.

The light was established in 1871. The light was one of a group of New England lighthouses built to the same plan after an award winning design by a Vermont architect. Nearly identical lights were constructed at Sabin Point, Rose Island, and Colchester Reef. Pomham Lighthouse was deactivated from 1974 to 2006, but relighted on July 30, 2006. The light was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Pomham Rocks Light Station on July 9, 1979.In the 1970s Pomham Rocks Lighthouse was sold to The American Lighthouse Foundation and is managed by the Friends of Pomham Rocks Lighthouse.


Viewed from the air. 
Pomham Rocks Light in 2008 with sewage treatment plant in foreground 
1905 postcard 

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