Punta Borinquen Light

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Punta Borinquen Lighthouse
Punta Borinquen Lighthouse.JPG
Existing tower
Punta Borinquen Lighthouse is located in Puerto Rico
Punta Borinquen Lighthouse
Punta Borinquen Lighthouse
LocationAguadilla, Puerto Rico
Coordinates18°29′50″N 67°8′56″W / 18.49722°N 67.14889°W / 18.49722; -67.14889
Year first lit1920
Automated1976
FoundationStone
Constructionstone
Tower shapeCylindrical
Original lensFourth-order, Fresnel 1889
ARLHS numberPUR-013 (current site) PUR-022 (old)
USCG number30715
Heritageplace listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata
Faro de Punta Borinquen[1]
MPSLighthouse System of Puerto Rico TR
NRHP reference #81000559[2]
Added to NRHP1981

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 in 1922. The light is active aid to navigation and is a housing facility for the United States Coast Guard.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Faro de Punta Borinquen". Historic American Engineering Record National Park Service. 1979.
  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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