Finns Point Range Front Light, Pennsville Township, Salem County, New Jersey
FINNS POINT RANGE LIGHT
Station Established: 1877
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1877
Automated? YES 1934
Foundation Materials: MASONRY
Construction Materials: WROUGHT IRON
Tower Height: 115 feet
Tower Shape: SKELETAL W/CYLINDER
Markings/Pattern: SOLID BLACK
Relationship to Other Structure: SEPARATE
Original Lens: FRESNEL 1876
- 1876: The lighthouse, which was constructed in Buffalo, New York, was shipped by freight train and then pulled by mules to its present location. The light was erected with a cost of $1,200.
- 1877: The light was first lit. The light was a 150,000 candlepower kerosene vapor light.
- 1930s: The front range light that was paired with this rear range light was destroyed.
- 1939: The lighthouse was automated.
- 1951: The channel the lighthouse marked was altered thus making the lighthouse obsolete.
- 1977: The keeper's quarters were destroyed after vandals repeatedly damaged the property.
- 1981: The "Save the Lighthouse Committee" was formed and successfully lobbied Congress for funds.
- 1983: The lighthouse was restored.
- 2002: The light is opened for climbing on a seasonal basis. The oil house still stands as well.
Chronology was researched and written by Diane Hackney.