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Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse - Maine

This is NOT A GRAIN ELEVATOR; interest in those seemed to drop off rather sharply -- and I promised Daphne a photo of a Maine lighthouse. This is the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, near Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. The brick lighthouse and keeper's house (not visible here, except for a sliver of roof behind the oil house) were built in 1858 and both still stand; the oil house on this side of the lighthouse was built in 1902. The lighthouse tower is 32 feet tall, but the height of the focal plane is 56 feet. Initially the lighthouse had a fifth-order Fresnel lens, which was replaced in 1902 by a fourth-order fresnel lens. Still an active U.S. Coast Guard navigation aid, the light was automated in 1974; the grounds are open to the public. Bass Harbor Head Light Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

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Taken on July 6, 2004