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Squirrel Point Lighthouse, Arrowsic, Maine, USA 1
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Completed in 1898 at the cost of $4,650, the Squirrel Point Light is located on Arrowsic Island on the Kennebec River in the State of Maine, USA.  It is one of four lighthouses on the river between the Atlantic Ocean and the city of Bath. Squirrel Point was given its name in 1717 when the Governor of Massachusetts’ frigate, The Squirrel, ran aground there returning from a meeting with local tribe members not far upriver from the point.


The Kennebec River was (and still is) an important commercial waterway and to protect shipping, congress and U.S. President Grover Cleveland appropriated funds in 1895 for lighthouses, keeper’s dwellings and barns to be constructed on the Kennebec.

In 1902 the light’s optics were upgraded with the addition of a fifth order Fresnel lens. Presently this lens is on display at the Portland Head Lighthouse museum as the Squirrel Point light was fully automated in 1979 and now uses a modern 250mm lens.

The light shows red when projected through the lighthouses’ windows with a section of white to the south. To this date it is an active aid to navigation.

The site was placed on the US National Register of Historic Places in 1988. It is accessible by a two-thirds mile hike through woods, marsh, old orchard, mature sumac and eastern red cedar forest types. It is a favorite spot for mosquitoes in the fall.

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Copyright: Tom Sadowski
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10500x5250
Taken: 23/09/2014
Uploaded: 03/03/2016
Updated: 11/03/2016
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Tags: light house; lighthouse; navigation; river; coast; pathway; sunset; red light; phippsburg
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