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Name: Rock Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Clayton, New York, United States

Location: St. Lawrence River, approach to Lake Ontario.

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Photo: Sheryl Iovanna

Managing Organization:
Rock I. Lighthouse Historical & Memorial Assoc.


Contact Address Information:
1328 Q St. NW #2
District of Columbia, 20009, United States

In 2013, a three year $1.3 million restoration by the New York State Office of Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with the Rock Island Lighthouse and Memorial Association, was completed at the lighthouse, which now has a self guided interpretive maritime museum and gift shop as well as public restrooms. Tours are offered to the lighthouse by Phone (315)686-4820

Tower Height: 60

Description of Tower: White, conical cast iron tower on limestone base.

This light is not operational

Other Buildings?
1882 1.5 story keeper's house, boathouse, workshop, smokehouse, generator house, carpenter's shop.

Earlier Towers?
1847: Lantern on roof of keeper's house.

Date Established: 1847

Date Present Tower Built: 1882

Tower Moved?

Date Deactivated: 1958

Optics: 18??: Sixth order Fresnel lens.

Current Use: Attraction in state park.

Open To Public? Yes

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Chesterfield Pearsons (1848-1849); John B. Collins (1849-1853); William Johnston (1853-1861); S.E. Spaulding (1861-1865); Joseph Collins (1865-1870); Willard L. Cook (1870-1879); Foster M. Drake (1879-1886); Michael J. Diepolder (1886-1901); Emma E. Diepolder (1901); Eugene J. Butler (1901-1912); John C. Belden (1912-1940); Frank K. Ward (1939-1941); J.W. Van Ingern (Coast Guard, 1955); Dennis Carroll (Coast Guard (1955-1956); John T. Trucker (Coast Guard (1956)

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