Scenic USA - New York
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|Photo by Jack Ryan
Increased maritime traffic over Lake Erie from the new Erie Canal called for a lighthouse to be built overlooking Portland Harbor. The 40 foot tower was constructed of native fieldstone, and capitalized on an unusual fuel for its light source. Besides its claim to be the oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes, this National Historic Landmark was fueled with local natural gas. Local townsfolk referred to the natural gas source as a burning spring. The gas was collected in a rock well and transported to the lighthouse through wooden logs. Occasionally the pipes filled with rain water and cut off the gas supply, prompting the light-keepers to keep a close watch and switching to the oil reserve when necessary.
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