Somerset in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Foghorn, Pier, and Beacon Tower
The foghorn building, pictured to the left of the lighthouse in this 1945 photograph, was installed in 1934. 30-Mile Point's foghorn warned ships away from the shore on foggy nights when the light from the tower was not visible. Photograph courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office. When 30-Mile Point Lighthouse was built, most of its supplies were delivered by boat. In 1903, a pine timber dock was constructed to make supplying the lighthouse easier. A cement pier was built in 1935 to help protect the shore from erosion, which has been a serious problem at this lighthouse ever since it was built. In 1954, the Coast Guard installed large boulders along the shore for additional erosion protection.
30-Mile Point's foghorn operated on compressed air, producing the classic foghorn sound eeeee-ohhhh at regular intervals. Pictured in the foreground is the foghorn's electric air compressor. Behind it is an electric generator, and in the far background is a combination unit that generated auxiliary electric power for the foghorn and
The Coast Guard installed an automated light beacon atop this metal tower when it decommissioned the lighthouse in 1958.
In 1998, the Friends of 30-Mile Point Lighthouse purchased this automated beacon, and with the Coast Guard's assistance, installed it in the lighthouse tower. The new beacon simulates the historic character of the lighthouse at night and has eliminated the need for the steel beacon tower. The Friends of 30-Mile Point Lighthouse are now responsible for the beacon's operation and maintenance.
Location. 43° 22.476′ N, 78° 29.191′ W. Marker is in Somerset, New York, in Niagara County. Marker can be reached from Lower Lake Road. Touch for map. Marker is near the lighthouse parking area in Golden Hill State Park. From the intersection of NY Route 18 (Lake Road) and NY Route 269 (County Line Road) at the border of Niagara and Orleans counties, travel north on County Line Road (County Route 50) to Lower Lake Road. Turn left (west) on Lower Lake Road to the MAIN entrance of Golden Hill State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Barker NY 14012, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 30 Mile Point Lighthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Salt Spring In Honor of Those Who Served (approx. 4.1 miles away); Jacob Fitts (approx. 4.3 miles away); Pallister House (approx. 4.6 miles away); David Barker (approx. 4.7 miles away); Quaker Cemetary (approx. 4.8 miles away); Yates Pier (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Somerset.
More about this marker. An entrance control to the park is manned in season and during the day for fee collection.
Also see . . .
1. Golden Hill State Park - New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Marker is locted in this park. (Submitted on April 19, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Friends of 30-Mile Point Lighthouse. (Submitted on April 19, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 19, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 273 times since then. Last updated on April 23, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 19, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. 5, 6. submitted on May 25, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.