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Mystery Lighthouse Not A Lighthouse After All


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By Timothy Harrison

The Mystery Light #102 as pictured on page 5 in the September issue of Lighthouse Digest has been successfully identified by Lighthouse Digest subscriber Jacqueline Krch of New York.

However, much to our disappointment the structure is not a lighthouse. It is the Weston Observatory in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The tower was built in the late 1800s and named after James A Weston who bequeathed the city $5,000 to build an observatory for the “advancement of science for educational purposes and for the use, benefit and mental improvement of the inhabitants of the city of Manchester.”

The 66-foot tall tower is built of granite and the brick-arched window wells are four feet deep. The view from the top is stated to be spectacular with a panoramic view of the Merrimarck Valley.

Although it may look like a lighthouse, now we know for sure, it is not a lighthouse and never was a lighthouse.

This story appeared in the November 2010 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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