Cape St. Elias Light
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|Location||Cape St. Elias
|Year first lit||1916|
|Tower shape||square parallelepiped tower at one corner of fog signal building.|
|Markings / pattern||art deco architecture
white tower, red lantern
|Height||55 feet (17 m)|
|Original lens||Third-order Fresnel lens (Now on display)|
|Current lens||VRB-25 aerobeacon|
|Light source||solar power|
|Range||17 nautical miles (31 km; 20 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl W 10s.
obscured from 160° to 287° and from 018.5 to 027°
emergency light (Fl W 6s) of reduced intensity when main light is extinguished.
Cape St. Elias Lighthouse
|Nearest city||Katalla, Alaska|
|Area||0.1 acres (0.040 ha)|
|NRHP Reference #||75002157|
|Added to NRHP||December 18, 1975|
Congress approved the construction of a light station at Cape St. Elias in October 1913, appropriating $115,000 for the construction. construction began in 1915 and a third order Fresnel lens was installed. In 1927 the station was equipped with radio beacon facilities, which was the second such facility in Alaska. The light was automated by the United States Coast Guard in 1974. In 1998 a solar powered Vega optic was installed, replacing the original lens, which is in the Cordova Museum in Cordova, Alaska. Cape St. Elias Lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. It is now being leased by the Cape St. Elias Lightkeepers Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, restoring and sharing the lighthouse.
It began operations in 1916, which was the year that the Alaska Engineering Commission started building the Alaska Railroad "which eventually established Southcentral Alaska as the economic hub of all Alaska". This lighthouse "proved to be an indispensable navigational aid along the shipping lanes from the contiguous American states and Southeastern Alaska to Cordova, Valdez, Seward, and Anchorage." Those ports could be notified of ships arriving, by station keeper radio that also was installed in 1916.
- List of lighthouses in the United States
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Alaska
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- C. M. Brown (March 10, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Cape St. Elias Lighthouse" (PDF). National Park Service. and accompanying photo from 1972
- United States Coast Guard
- Lighthouse Friends — Cape St. Elias Lighthouse
- Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Alaska". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Picture of Cape St. Elias Light
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