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MAINE ATTRACTIONS - LIGHTHOUSES
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Baker Island Bass Harbor Bluehill Bay
Boon Island Browns Head Burnt Island
Cape Elizabeth Cape Neddick Curtis Island
Deer Island / Mark Island Dice Head Doubling Point
Eagle Island Egg Rock Fort Point
Goat Island Goose Rocks Grindle Points
Heron Neck Indian Island Kennebec River Range
Marshall Point Matinicus Rock Monhegan Island
Moose Peak Mt. Desert Rock Owls Head
Pemaquid Point Perkins Island Petit Manan
Pond Island Portland Breakwater Portland Head
Prospect Harbor Ram Island Ram Island Ledge
Rockland Breakwater Rockland Harbor Southwest Seguin Island
Spring Point Ledge Squirrel Point Tenants Harbor
Two Bush Island West Quoddy Whitehead
Deer Island / Mark Island Light
A strong fishing industry and booming, prosperous granite quarries in the area made the Deer Island Thorofare a busy waterway in the 19th century. The lighthouse on the west side of Mark Island guards the western approach to the Thorofare and was built in 1857 to help mariners negotiate the waters near Stonington. A 25-foot square brick tower was constructed and the tower fitted with a fourth-order Fresnel lens; keeper's house, bell tower, oil house and boathouse also were added.

The light was automated in 1958 and the Fresnel lens replaced by a modern optic. All buildings except the tower were destroyed. Although visible distantly from the mainland, the light should be viewed by boat. It is now owned by the Island Heritage Trust.

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