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Portland Head Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA 2
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The first light house to be completed by the government of the United States to aid navigation into Portland Harbor from Casco Bay, the Portland Head Light was built in 1790 and opened January 10, 1791 using 16 whale-oil lamps.


After numerous renovations, the tower today stands 80 feet tall (24 m) and 101 feet (31 m) above sea level. The light can be seen 24 nautical miles (44 km) out at sea and is maintained by the US Coast Guard and the Town of Cape Elizabeth. As an active aid to navigation, it has been fully automated since 1989.

Located in Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine USA, the site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The site is open to the public and includes a gift shop and museum.

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Copyright: Tom Sadowski
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10700x5350
Taken: 24/09/2013
Uploaded: 11/03/2016
Updated: 18/04/2016
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Tags: casco bay; gulf of maine; light house; navigation; coast line; tower; cumberland county
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