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Built in 1877, the Southwest Ledge Lighthouse was built at the entrance to New Haven Harbor in Long Island Sound near New Haven, Connecticut. When the design was first completed, lighthouse officials deemed the structure as so impressive that, instead of installing it at Southwest Ledge they had it delivered and constructed at the 1876 Centennial Exposition held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They even assigned a lighthouse keeper to the lighthouse who actually slept in the lighthouse each night. But since a lighthouse was still needed at Southwest Ledge, they hurriedly got the materials together to build a duplicate tower at Southwest Ledge. When the 1876 Centennial Exposition was over, the lighthouse structure in Philadelphia was disassembled and shipped to Delaware to become the Ship John Shoal Lighthouse, the twin to the Southwest Ledge Lighthouse.
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