Atlantic City in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
When built, the Lighthouse stood about 1200 feet from the ocean. Sand, seagulls, the smell of salt water and the flow of tides marked the days. The relentless pounding of the waves quickly eroded the coastline surrounding the beacon, bringing water onto the corner of the Lighthouse property by 1876. The construction of jetties reversed this process, and subsequent homes and hotels separated the Lighthouse from the sea, resulting in the landscape you see today.
The Lighthouse was also Atlantic City’s beacon for tourists. Visitors flocked to the Lighthouse, making keepers as much tour guides as light tenders. Images of the Lighthouse graced postcards, plates, glasses and other souvenirs made for the seashore tourist trade.
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Absecon Lighthouse Facts
First lit: January 15, 1857
Re-Lit: October 3, 1999
Tower height: 171 feet
Focal plane: 167 feet
Physical location: Latitude: 39° 21” 56” North
Longitude: 74° 24” 53” West
Type of construction: Double-walled conical brick and mortar tower with cast-iron spiral central staircase
Foundation materials: Stone foundation with a timber platform
Tower diameter: 27’ at the bottom – tapers to 14’9” at the watch level
Number of steps: 228 to the watch level (12 more to the lantern room – for a total of 240 steps)
Daymark: Yellow with a black band
Original lighting: First-order Fresnel lens with Funck’s mineral oil lamps
Present lighting: Original first-order Fresnel lens and electric lamp
Characteristic: Fixed beacon
Beacon range: 19.5 nautical miles
Original ancillary structures: Assistant Keepers’ Dwelling, oil storage house, and various outbuildings
Current ancillary structures: Oil storage house
Owned by: The State of New Jersey
Department of Environmental Protection,
Division of Parks and Forestry
Location. 39° 21.972′ N, 74° 24.849′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is on Pacific Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located near the Absecon Lighthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Atlantic City NJ 08401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Assistant Keepers’ Dwelling (a few steps from this marker); Keeper’s Dwelling (within shouting distance of this marker); The Whaling Bark Stafford (within shouting distance of this marker); The Life-Saving Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Absecon Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); 44th National Encampment Grand Army of the Republic (within shouting distance of this marker); Edna Patricia Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); They Called It “KY & The Curb” (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlantic City.
More about this marker. The marker features a portrait of Dr. Jonathan Pitney, from the Collection of the Atlantic County Historical Society. Two postcards featuring the Lighthouse appear at the bottom of the marker, while a picture at the upper left of the marker contains a different picture
Also see . . . Historic Absecon Lighthouse website. (Submitted on August 20, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 466 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.