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Youngstown in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse

 
 
Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2013
1. Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Marker
Inscription.
First Light on the Great Lakes
You are standing near the site of the earliest lighthouse on the Great Lakes; a lantern room on the roof of the French Castle inside the fort. From that first whale oil fueled lantern, the Niagara lights evolved to this classically detailed tower erected outside the fort's walls.

Lighthouse Timeline
•1781 First Light on the Great Lakes at Mouth of the Niagara River.
•1789 Lighthouses Become Federal Responsibility.
•1823 Light Erected Atop the French Castle.
•1850 Lighthouse Board Established. Upgrading Begun.
•1871 Existing Stone Lighthouse Built. Lens moved from "Castle" to Tower in 1872.
•1900 Watchroom Added, Extending Tower.
•1993 Lighthouse Deactivated.

Anatomy of a Lighthouse Tower
Foundation
•Massive Concrete Foundation
Tower
•Taper for Stability
•Rubble and Mortar Wall Core
•Brick Interior Wall
•Dressed Limestone Exterior, from the Niagara Region
•Spiral Stair. 72 Cast Iron Steps
•Windows for Lighting the Stairwell
Watchroom
•Windows for Watching Activities on the Water
Lantern Room
•Catwalk
•Lens and Lantern
•Vent Ball

 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2013
2. Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Marker
View of the Fort Niagara Lighthouse, with a distant view of the historical marker seen just to the left of the lighthouse.
Seaway Trail, Inc.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway marker series.
 
Location. 43° 15.706′ N, 79° 3.634′ W. Marker is in Youngstown, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is on Scott Avenue north of Jackson Street (New York State Route 18F), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. This historical marker is located a short drive north of the downtown Youngstown area, in the Fort Niagara State Park. According to Google Map it is located at the end of the Scott Avenue loop, next to the parking area for visiting Old Fort Niagara. Marker is in this post office area: Youngstown NY 14174, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Fort Niagara (within shouting distance of this marker); The Niagara Portage: Gateway to the West (within shouting distance of this marker); The Siege of Fort Niagara (within shouting distance of this marker); Dueling Cannons (within shouting distance of this marker); To the Memory (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Erected to the Memory (about 500 feet away); Magasin à Poudre (about 600 feet away); Father Pierre Millet (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Youngstown.
 
Also see . . .
Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2013
3. Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Marker
Close-up view of the historical marker's display on the "Anatomy of a Lighthouse Tower."

1. Fort Niagara, NY. This is a link to information provided by the LighthouseFriends.com website. (Submitted on August 7, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

2. Fort Niagara Light. This is a link to information provided by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (Submitted on August 7, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

3. Fort Niagara Light. This is a link to information provided by Rudy and Alice's Lighthouse Page. (Submitted on August 7, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 

4. Fort Niagara Light. This is a link to information provided by Rudy and Alice's Lighthouse Page. (Submitted on August 7, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.) 
 
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Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2013
4. Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Marker
Close-up view of the historical marker's display on the "Lighthouse Timeline." (double click on picture to enlarge and see greater detail)
Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2013
5. Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse
Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2013
6. Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Marker
View of the featured historical marker situated just to the left of the Fort Niagara Lighthouse.
Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2013
7. Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Marker
Close-up view of the marker's map that displays all of the lighthouses along New York's Great Lake and St. Lawrence River coastline.
Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2013
8. Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Marker
View of the display inside of the Old Fort Niagara Visitor Center & Museum, showing the Fort Niagara Lighthouse 4th order Fresnel Lens.
Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 24, 2013
9. Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse Marker
View of the Fort Niagara Lighthouse, looking across the Old Fort Niagara's visitors' parking lot.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 316 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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