“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Port Penn in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Port Penn Front Range Light

Port Penn Front Range Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, August 17, 2008
1. Port Penn Front Range Light Marker
Inscription. In 1875, Congress approved funding to build several lighthouses along this segment of the Delaware River. This site was purchased in April 1876, and by December the Port Penn Front Range Light was completed. Constructed under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it was a two story frame structure with a lantern room above. The light was powered by a double-wick oil burner. The floors below served as living space for the lighthouse keeper and his family. Keepers were Henry C. Walter (1876-1885) and George W. Duncan (1885-1904). The facility was renovated and expanded circa 1898. Due to changes in the shipping channel, the light was closed in October 1904. The property was sold as surplus in 1911.
Erected 2003 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-131.)
Location. 39° 29.536′ N, 75° 35.359′ W. Marker is near Port Penn, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on St. Augustine Road Rt. 9, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is about 900 ft. south of the St. Augustine bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Port Penn DE 19731, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Stewart House (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Cannery Lot (approx. 1.8 miles away); Port Penn Schoolhouse (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Cleaver House (approx. 1.8 miles away); Market Square (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Hubbs House (approx. 1.9 miles away); Floating Cabins and Skinning Shacks (approx. 1.9 miles away); Wetland Ways (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Penn.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,514 times since then and 20 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 20, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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