Bellevue Range Rear Light

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Bellevue Range Rear Light
Bellevue Range Rear Light, Wilmington (New Castle County, Delaware).jpg
Bellevue Range Rear Light
Bellevue Range Rear Light is located in Delaware
Bellevue Range Rear Light
Location Wilmington
United States
Coordinates 39°43′13″N 75°31′04″W / 39.720315°N 75.517895°W / 39.720315; -75.517895Coordinates: 39°43′13″N 75°31′04″W / 39.720315°N 75.517895°W / 39.720315; -75.517895
Year first constructed 1909 (first)
Year first lit 2000 (current)
Automated 1934
Deactivated 2000 (first)
Foundation concrete piles
Construction cast iron skeletal tower
Tower shape triangular pyramidal skeletal tower with balcony and light (current)
square pyramidal skeletal tower with central cylinder (first)
Markings / pattern black tower (first)
Height 93 feet (28 m) (current)
104 feet (32 m) (first)
Focal height 93 feet (28 m) (current)
Original lens Fourth order Fresnel lens
Current lens n/a
Characteristic F G (current)
Admiralty number J1313.1
ARLHS number USA-050
USCG number 2-3085
Managing agent

United States Coast Guard[1][2]

Bellevue Range Rear Light Station
Nearest city Wilmington, Delaware
Area less than one acre
Built 1909 (1909)
MPS Light Stations of the United States MPS
NRHP Reference # 06000313[3]
Added to NRHP April 26, 2006

Bellevue Range Rear Lighthouse is a lighthouse in Delaware, United States, on the mouth of the Christina River on the Delaware River, Wilmington, Delaware


The Bellevue Range Rear Lighthouse is a pyramidal skeletal light tower built in 1909 on the grounds of a landfill. It was operated by resident keepers from 1909 until 1934 when it was automated. The Bellevue Range Rear light was deactivated in 2001 when the landfill grew too high to see the light, and a modern tower was built to replace it. The modern tower is an active aid to navigation. The Bellevue Range Rear Light is not open to the public.[4]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.[3]


  • William E. Spicer (1909 – 1911)
  • Linwood Spicer (1911 – at least 1917)
  • William H. Johnson (1919 – 1938)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bellevue Range Rear The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 25 June 2016
  2. ^ Delaware Historic Light Station Information & Photography United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 25 June 2016
  3. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ Karmen Bisher; Jennifer Perunko & Daniel Koski-Karell (December 2005). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Bellevue Range Rear Lighthouse" (PDF).  and Accompanying seven photos

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