Sunday, 28 November 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM USA

That is my friend Bernadette’s contribution to my lighthouse collection: one of the historical New Jersey light stations. The Barnegat Lighthouse, colloquially known as "Old Barney", is located on the northern tip of Long Beach Island, in Barnegat Light, New Jersey. Vessels bound to and from New York along the New Jersey coastline depended on Barnegat Lighthouse to avoid the shoals extending from the shoreline. The swift currents, shifting sandbars, and the offshore shoals challenged the skills of even the most experienced sailor. Lt. George G. Meade, an Army engineer began its construction in late 1856 and it was commissioned on January 1, 1859. The 172 ft (52.5 m) lighthouse is still the third tallest brick tower in the U.S: the lower half of the tower and the lantern roof are painted white, the upper half of the tower is bright red. The light was deactivated in January 1944, and given to the State of New Jersey and only in 2008, the Friends of Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, a local civic organization, raised funds to reactivate the lighthouse after many repairs. The “Old Barney” was relit on New Year's Day 2009, exactly 150 years to the day that it was originally lit in 1859. The top of the lighthouse is accessible via its 217 steps and continues to attract thousands of visitors all year.
 On the postcard, the 98–cent definitive stamp issued on June 28, 2009, in the Scenic American Landscapes series, featuring a view of the Snake River at dawn in the Grand Teton National Park.

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