Little River Light
US Coast Guard photo, no date
|Year first constructed||1846|
|Year first lit||1876 (current structure)|
|Tower shape||Cylindrical Cast Iron Tower|
|Markings / pattern||White|
|Focal height||56 feet (17 m)|
|Range||13 nautical miles (24 km; 15 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl W 6s|
|Fog signal||HORN: 1 every 10s
Little River Light Station
|Nearest city||Cutler, Maine|
|Architect||US Army Corps of Engineers|
|MPS||Light Stations of Maine MPS|
|NRHP Reference #||88000156|
|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. 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
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.
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. 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.
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- "NRHP nomination for Little River Light Station" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-10-28.
- "Little River Light". American Lighthouse Foundation. Retrieved 2015-10-28.
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