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A Cold Desolate Spot


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At first glance this structure may look like a lighthouse in some remote part of the world. However, the building was actually the Armed Forces Radio and Television Outlet and Information Office at the Sondrestrom Air Base in Greenland as it appeared in 1953.

Former Coast Guard Lighthouse Keeper Tom Serres, who was stationed at the Holland Island Bar Lighthouse, took this photo after he arrived at the station on the Coast Guard Cutter Westwind in 1953. He later returned to the station as the Special Event Coordinator in 1963 when he was a staff sergeant in the Air Force.

To learn more about Tom’s stint

as a lighthouse keeper, refer to the story, “I was a teenage lighthouse keeper,” that appeared in the September 2002 edition of Lighthouse Digest. The story is also available on-line at www.LighthouseDigest.com. Holland Island Bar Lighthouse, which was located near Crisfield, Maryland, was demolished in the 1960s.

This story appeared in the March 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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