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Indian River Life-Saving Station

 
 
Indian River Life-Saving Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2010
1. Indian River Life-Saving Station Marker
Inscription. With the expansion of the nation’s maritime commerce following the Civil War, the need for improved methods of assisting ships in distress was apparent. Built in 1876 by the United States Life-Saving Service, the Indian River Life-Saving Station was part of a network of similar facilities which were constructed along the Atlantic seaboard. In 1915, the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service were merged to form the modern-day United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard continued to operate the Indian River Station until it was decommissioned following a devastating coastal storm in 1962. The property was later transferred to the State of Delaware. For a time the Station was utilized as a maintenance facility by the state’s Transportation agency. Then it became part of Delaware Seashore State Park. In 1997, the facility was extensively renovated and restored to its 1905 appearance. It is now operated by the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation in partnership with the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation.
The Indian River Life-Saving Station was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
 
Erected 2001 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number SC-148.)
 
Location. 38° 38.018′ N, 75° 
Indian River Life-Saving Station Marker, looking north along Coastal Highway image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2010
2. Indian River Life-Saving Station Marker, looking north along Coastal Highway
located at the driveway for the Station and Museum
4.055′ W. Marker is in south of Dewey Beach, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Coastal Highway (Delaware Route 1), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. located on Route 1 in the Delaware Seashore State Park, 3 miles south of Dewey Beach or 1 mile north of the Indian River Inlet bridge. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25039 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Standing Guard (approx. 3.1 miles away); Funland (approx. 5.6 miles away); City of Rehoboth Beach (approx. 5.8 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away); Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company (approx. 5.8 miles away); Giovanni Da Verrazzano (approx. 5.9 miles away); Ocean View Delaware (approx. 6.1 miles away); Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church (approx. 6.3 miles away).
 
Regarding Indian River Life-Saving Station. National Register of Historic Places:
Indian River Life Saving Service Station ** (added 1976 - Building - #76000582)
Area of Significance: Transportation •
Period of Significance: 1875-1899 •
Historic Function: Transportation •
 
Also see . . .
1. National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Indian River Life Saving Service
Indian River Life-Saving Station Marker, looking south along Coastal Highway (State Route 1) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2010
3. Indian River Life-Saving Station Marker, looking south along Coastal Highway (State Route 1)
. Heite, Edward F. (1976). "The Indian River Life Saving Station is a relic of the days when the Delaware coast was a notorious graveyard of ships. It stands near the site of the old Indian River inlet, scene of many shipwrecks from colonial times forward. The building is one of the oldest surviving lifeboat stations on the coast." (Submitted on September 29, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Photos Accompanying the National Register Nomination by Edward F. Heite, 1976. (Submitted on September 29, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Indian River Life-Saving Station Marker and Rehoboth Bay, seen in background image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2010
4. Indian River Life-Saving Station Marker and Rehoboth Bay, seen in background
Indian River Life-Saving Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 9, 2013
5. Indian River Life-Saving Station Marker
Indian River Life-Saving Station , one-time tower image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2010
6. Indian River Life-Saving Station , one-time tower
Indian River Life Saving Service Station<br>Elevation from the West. image. Click for full size.
By Edward F. Heite, 1976
7. Indian River Life Saving Service Station
Elevation from the West.
1976 National Register of Historic Places Property Photograph.
Indian River Life-Saving Station image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2010
8. Indian River Life-Saving Station
Indian River Life-Saving Station , todays look image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2010
9. Indian River Life-Saving Station , todays look
Indian River Life-Saving Station, one-time crow's nest image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2010
10. Indian River Life-Saving Station, one-time crow's nest
Atlantic Ocean at background
Indian River Life-Saving Station, nearby is one-time Coastal Defense Watch Tower image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
11. Indian River Life-Saving Station, nearby is one-time Coastal Defense Watch Tower
Looking out for enemy aircraft and submarines, a part of the Delaware coastal defense network
Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 11, 2010
12. Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum
 
 
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