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The 1833 Buffalo Lighthouse

 
 
The 1833 Buffalo Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
1. The 1833 Buffalo Lighthouse Marker
Inscription. The oldest building in Buffalo still standing on its original site, this lighthouse was built in 1832 and 1833. The oldest portion is the 44-foot tapering octagonal tower. The original lantern room was removed in 1857 and the stone casement window section and metal upper portions added to raise the light and make room for a fog bell.

Nicknamed the "old Stone Light" in the 19th century and "Chinaman's Light" early this century, the tower originally used whale-oil lamps and polished reflectors. Kerosene lamps and a fresnel lens were in use early this century. But the lighthouse was decommissioned in 1914 and the breakwater light station became the main beacon for the expanded harbor.

A classic fresnel lens was installed and the lighthouse re-lit to help open the first Buffalo-Fort Erie Friendship Festival in 1987.
 
Erected by Buffalo Lighthouse Association.
 
Location. 42° 52.665′ N, 78° 53.357′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker can be reached from Fuhrmann Boulevard 1.3 miles north of The Skyway (New York State Route 5). Click for map. Marker is accessed via a gated walkway, open 10A to sundown, at the north terminus of Fuhrmann Boulevard. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Fuhrman Boulevard, Buffalo NY 14203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
1961 Rehabilitation Plaques image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
2. 1961 Rehabilitation Plaques
Fixed to the lighthouse.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buffalo Harbor (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo Water Intake, Horseshoe Reef Light (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo Main & Harbor Lights (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo Lightship (within shouting distance of this marker); International Shipmasters' Association (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Penobscot-Morania Collision (about 400 feet away); The Lifeboat Station (about 700 feet away); The Coast Guard (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
More Restoration Plaques image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
3. More Restoration Plaques
Related Plaques on the Walkway to the Ligthouse image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
4. Related Plaques on the Walkway to the Ligthouse
United States Department of the Interior National Register of Historic Places; Buffalo Lighthouse, designated 1984. Buffalo Historic Civil Engineering Landmark; Buffalo Lighthouse and Pier, designated 1986. City of Buffalo Landmark, Buffalo Landmark Preservation Board; Buffalo Lighthouse, designated 1986. "The lighthouse and lightship appeal to the interest and better instinct of man because they are symbolic of never-ceasing watchfulness, of steadfast endurance in every exposure, of widespread helpfulness. The building and keeping of the lights is a picturesque and humanitarian work of the nation." George R. Putnam, U.S. Commissioner of Lighthouses, 1910-1935.
Northward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
5. Northward
The 1833 Buffalo Lighthouse & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, June 3, 2015
6. The 1833 Buffalo Lighthouse & Marker
 
 
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