Punta Borinquen Light

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Punta Borinquen Lighthouse
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Punta Borinquen Lighthouse is located in Puerto Rico
Punta Borinquen Lighthouse
Punta Borinquen Lighthouse
Location Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Coordinates 18°30′1″N 67°8′7″W / 18.50028°N 67.13528°W / 18.50028; -67.13528
Year first lit 1920
Automated 1976
Foundation Stone
Construction stone
Tower shape Cylindrical
Original lens Fourth-order, Fresnel 1889
ARLHS number PUR-013 (current site) PUR-022 (old)
USCG number

30715

Faro de Punta Borinquen[1]
Governing body National Park Service
MPS Lighthouse System of Puerto Rico TR
NRHP Reference # 81000559[2]
Added to NRHP 1981

Punta Borinquen Light (Faro de Punta Borinquen) is a lighthouse located in the old Ramey Air Force Base in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The station was established in 1889 by the Spanish government. With the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, the lighthouse would become "the most important aid to navigation on the route from Europe to Panama".[3] In 1917, the U.S Congress provided funding for a new lighthouse in higher ground.

But before construction began on the new structure, the original lighthouse was severely damaged by the 1918 earthquake that struck the west part of the island.[1] Construction on the new lighthouse was completed on 1922. The light is active aid to navigation and a housing facility for the United States Coast Guard.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Faro de Punta Borinquen". Historic American Engineering Record National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Inventory of Historic Light Stations National Park Service". Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  3. ^ "Lighthouses Friends". Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Puerto Rico". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 

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