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Family Outings and Vacations at Lighthouses


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Easternmost Point
This photo of West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, the easternmost lighthouse on the mainland of Atlantic Coast of the United States in Lubec, Maine was taken in 1983 by author Ken Kochel when he visited Maine while doing lighthouse research. The photo was taken at the time when Owen Gould was the Coast Guard lighthouse keeper. You will notice that there is a TV antenna on the roof. Many lighthouse enthusiasts, when looking closely, will also notice ever-so-slighty other differences at the lighthouse from what you see there today.

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64 Years Ago at West Quoddy Head
On a family outing in Maine, Mrs. Brad Wetherell took this photo of the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse on September 17, 1966. Notice the old cars in the left bottom part of the photo. No longer there today are the white rocks marking the driveway, the shed shown in the right of the photo, the telephone poles, or the white picket fence. The flag pole has been replaced numerous times over the years, the fog bell is now on display in front of the keeper’s house, and the fog signal building is no longer painted white.

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Lens Still in Tower
On a vacation to Maine in 1978, Mary Ann Payne of Indiana took this photo of a highly neglected Cape Elizabeth (Two Lights) Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. It’s hard to believe that such a popular and historic light station was once allowed to fall into such a state of disrepair. Because this photo shows when the lens was still in the lantern, it is of great historical significance. Today, the keeper’s house, although slightly altered, has been restored and is well taken care of by its private owner. In the mid-1990s, the lens was removed from the lantern and put on display at the Cape Elizabeth Town Hall. In 2013, it was given to the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine where it is now on display in an exhibit, which was featured in the January-February 2018 issue of Lighthouse Digest.

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Do you have photos and memories in the family photo albums of vacations, visits, or outings to lighthouses that you’d like to share with others? If so, we’d like to see them and we might publish them in Lighthouse Digest. High resolution images can be emailed to Editor@LighthouseDigest.com or by mail to P.O. Box 250, East Machias, ME 04630.

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