Little River Light

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Little River Light
Little River Light with 1876 House ME.JPG
US Coast Guard photo, no date
Little River Light is located in Maine
Little River Light
Location Cutler, Maine
Coordinates 44°39′3.186″N 67°11′31.544″W / 44.65088500°N 67.19209556°W / 44.65088500; -67.19209556Coordinates: 44°39′3.186″N 67°11′31.544″W / 44.65088500°N 67.19209556°W / 44.65088500; -67.19209556
Year first constructed 1846
Year first lit 1876 (current structure)
Automated 1974
Deactivated 1975-2001
Tower shape Cylindrical Cast Iron Tower
Markings / pattern White
Focal height 56 feet (17 m)
Current lens VRB-25
Range 13 nautical miles (24 km; 15 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 6s
Fog signal HORN: 1 every 10s
operates continuously
Admiralty number H4164
ARLHS number USA-432
USCG number


Little River Light Station
Nearest city Cutler, Maine
Built 1876
Architect US Army Corps of Engineers
MPS Light Stations of Maine MPS
NRHP Reference # 88000156[4]
Added to NRHP March 14, 1988

Little River Light is a lighthouse on an island at the mouth of the Little River, in Cutler, Maine. A light station was first established at this site in 1846, and the present structure was built in 1876. It is one of the only iron lighthouses in the state, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Little River Light Station on March 14, 1988.[4] The light station is now owned by the American Lighthouse Foundation, which offers overnight stays in the keeper's house, and occasional tours of the property.

Description and history[edit]

The Little River is an east-west tidal inlet on the coast of Down East Maine, with the town of Cutler on its northern bank. At the mouth of the inlet stands Little River Island, near whose easternmost point the lighthouse stands. The station consists of a tower, keeper's house, oilhouse, and boathouse. The tower is an iron structure, with a supporting frame of steel and brick. It is 35 feet (11 m) tall, with an octagonal lantern house surrounded by a metal balcony and railing. Entrance is gained via a projecting gable-roofed vestibule. The keeper's house is an L-shaped two-story wood frame structure, with a shed-roof ell across one side. The oilhouse is a small brick gable-roofed structure set a short way inland. The boathouse, a simple wood-frame structure, is located at the western end of the island, connected to the rest of the station by a wooden boardwalk.[5]

Cutler River Light

The light station on Little River Island was authorized in 1846, and began operation the following year. The present tower was built in 1876 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and the house was built in 1888, replacing an earlier stone structure. The boathouse dates to 1881, and the oilhouse was added in 1905. The light was automated in 1975.[5] In 1980 the Fresnel lens was removed and placed in a nearby steel tower. In 2001 the tower was leased to the American Lighthouse Foundation, which restored the tower, allowing the return of the lens. The keeper's house is available through that organization for overnight stays, and it offers periodic tours of the property in the summer months.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Maine". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. 2009-08-06. 
  2. ^ United States Coast Guard (2009). Light List, Volume I, Atlantic Coast, St. Croix River, Maine to Shrewsbury River, New Jersey. p. 12. 
  3. ^ Rowlett, Russ (2009-08-06). "Lighthouses of the United States: Eastern Maine". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
  4. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  5. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Little River Light Station" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  6. ^ "Little River Light". American Lighthouse Foundation. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 

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