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Buffalo Main Light

July 16, 2019
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Buffalo Main Light, Buffalo, New York

BUFFALO (MAIN) LIGHT

MOUTH OF BUFFALO RIVER/ERIE CANAL; DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM THE ERIE BASIN MARINA, UNDERNEATH THE SKYWAY IN DOWNTOWN BUFFALO
Station Established: 1818; rebuilt 1833
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1833
Operational? NO
Automated? NO
Deactivated: 1914
Foundation Materials: STONE MOLEHEAD
Construction Materials: LIMESTONE/CAST IRON
Tower Shape: OCTAGONAL
Height:    60-feet
Markings/Pattern: NATURAL
Characteristics:   
Relationship to Other Structure: SEPARATE
Original Lens: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL 1857
Foghorn:    None

Historical Information:

This 60-foot tall, octagonal limestone structure is the oldest still standing in its original location in the city of Buffalo. It replaced the original 1818 light on this site along the Lake Erie shore at the mouth of the Buffalo River. Presently, it is part of an outdoor museum located on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Station.