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Today I decided to take a hike along the Hudson River to the 1869 lighthouse at the convergence of the Hudson River and Esopus Creek.  Delightful walk thru the fresh (8 inch) snowfall. Very quiet and peaceful. Temperature around 28-32 F. No wind. Ice on the river is 12-14 inches thick, on the creek somewhat less 6-8 inches.  The dark line thru the ice is the track for the commercial shipping channel which Coast Guard icebreakers keep open all winter.

 

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The river looking south

 

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The Esopus Creek looking inland or upstream

 

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Awesome photographs, Jack. Thanks for sharing these. 

What year was that lighthouse built?

Nevermind. I should learn to read all, as the answer is in your first sentence.

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15 hours ago, CDW said:

Awesome photographs, Jack. Thanks for sharing these. 

What year was that lighthouse built?

Nevermind. I should learn to read all, as the answer is in your first sentence.

Yes, 1869.   This is the 2nd lighthouse on that site. The first was built in 1833 and later dismantled after the current lighthouse was built. It served as an Aid to Navigation (AtoN) until it was deactivated by the Coast Guard in the mid-1950s and sat abandoned until a group of local residents formed a not-for-profit Conservancy and acquired ownership of the lighthouse from the US Federal government in 1985 and then spent 5 years restoring it (I was a founding member of that group). In 1990 the lighthouse was opened to the public for tours and in that same year the US Coast Guard, on the occasion of the 200th Birthday of the US Coast Guard,  reinstalled the light in the tower and returned it to active AtoN status. Today it is a Bed and Breakfast, maintained by the Conservancy, while the Coast Guard maintains the light as an active Aid to Navigation.  The light is a modern solar powered lens equivalent to a 4th Order Lens, listed on charts as white, occulting 4 (seconds), visible range is about 6 miles up or down river.

 

The foundation of the original 1833 lighthouse still exists; it was used as the construction platform during the restoration, and today is used as a picnic area for visitors.  The waterside photos above were taken from that platform.

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1 hour ago, CDW said:

Great story behind the lighthouse. Do they have a web site for the B&B?

Yes,  Saugerties Lighthouse 

 

It's generally  booked solid very early on in a calendar year, especially weekends. There is a half mile long trail from the parking lot to the lighthouse itself

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