Digital Archives


Drawing of Portland Breakwater Lighthouse from the National Archives

 

Created by Gary Riemenschneider:

 

Light Lists

Light Lists are an important tool for anyone researching lighthouses and their history, as well as anyone curious about the changes to our coastlines since lighthouses were first established. Normally you would have to scour though multiple years of Light Lists looking for different entries for the lighthouse you are researching, but not any more. This resource allows you to view information from many historic Light Lists and consolidates entries over multiple years by lighthouse. For anyone who has used actual Light Lists for research, you know how tedious it can be, and how much work has gone into creating this valuable research tool (thanks Gary!). The recently updated version encompasses the East Coast, West Coast and Gulf Coast of the United States.

  • Display Individual Light Lists
  • Display Single Lighthouse Information
  • Display Static Light Characteristic Maps
  • Display Dynamic Light Characteristic Maps
  • Display Radiobeacon Maps
  • Display Special Radio Direction Finders
  • View Specific Glossary Terms for this Section

View Light Lists

Photos

This resource allows you to view an extensive archive of historical & contemporary photos of U.S. light stations that have been collected by the U.S. Lighthouse Society over the years. This section also includes many rare photos of light stations that no longer exist.

View Photos

 

 

Architectural Drawings

This resource allows you to view a large archive of historical architectural drawings of mainly West Coast light stations. It uses a Google™ interface that allows you to “pan and zoom” these large drawings.

Architectural Drawings

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