Atlantic City in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
USCS Steamer Robert J. Walker / Assistant Keepers' Dwelling
1874 - 1860
In Memory of the Officers and Crew of the U.S. Coast Survey Steamer Robert J. Walker, lost on June 21, 1860, off Absecon Inlet
Michael Allman, Seaman Joseph Bates, Second Class Fireman Marcus Bonevento, Officers' Steward John M. Brown, Captain of the After Guard Essex
Assistant Keepers' Dwelling
When Absecon Lighthouse was first lit in 1857, a principal keeper and assistant keeper lived on site with their families. The dwelling for an assistant keeper was built during the original Lighthouse construction. Interior alterations in 1887 converted the building to accommodate two assistant keepers and their families. Further exterior alterations were completed in 1893, giving the two families more space and privacy. The assistant keepers' dwelling was demolished in the 1940s, along with the principal
The assistant keepers are crowded in a building about 25 feet square, so planned that it is impossible to have any privacy. From this cause, during the heat of summer, the keepers are subject to great inconvenience and discomfort. Another building should be erected at this station so that the keepers can live with their families in at least as much comfort as can be had by skilled workmen in cities.
A keeper's dwelling sufficient for their accommodation can be erected for $4,000, and it is recommended that an appropriation of this amount be made for that purpose.
The Annual Report of the Lighthouse Board, 1891
This photograph, taken before 1892, shows both of the original dwellings on the site.
In 1897 the keeper's dwelling had not yet been enlarged but the assistant keepers' dwelling had been expanded to accommodate two families. Collection of Elinor Veit
This view of the assistant keepers' dwelling was taken after 1897. Note that the daymark has been changed on the tower. Collection of the Atlantic County Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Disasters Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses, and the Lost at Sea series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is June 21, 1860.
Location. 39° 21.983′ N, 74° 24.844′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is at the intersection of South Vermont Avenue and Pacific Avenue, on the right when traveling south on South Vermont Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City NJ 08401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Life-Saving Station (a few steps from this marker); Lighthouse History / Absecon Lighthouse Facts (a few steps from this marker); Absecon Lighthouse (a few steps from this marker); 44th National Encampment Grand Army of the Republic (within shouting distance of this marker); Keepers Dwelling / Lightkeepers of Absecon Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Chronology (within shouting distance of this marker); The Whaling Bark Stafford (within shouting distance of this marker); Edna Patricia Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic City.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 23, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 23, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.