Scenic USA - New Jersey
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Points of Interest
|Photo by Ben Prepelka|
Measuring from Cape May at the southern tip to Sandy Hook in the north, Long Beach Island is one of a string of barrier islands about half way up the New Jersey Coast. An area known for its swift currents, shifting sand bars and shallow shoals, early 19th century mariners longed for the day when a lighthouse illuminated the shoreline. Unfortunately the first attempt, a 40 foot tower with a fifth class light, was a bitter disappointment for ship captains heading to New York Harbor. Built in 1835, strong currents soon began to gnaw their way inland toward the lighthouse. Fresh from the development of Absecon Lighthouse, U.S. Army engineer Lt. George Meade began working on the Long Beach Island lighthouse replacement. Four times the height of the original, the 163 foot Barnegat tower was perched on a sand ridge 172 feet above sea level. The top notch lighthouse used a first-order Fresnel lens, using over a third of the construction funds.
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