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Name: Cape Hinchinbrook Light   Map it!

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Nearest Town or City:
Cordova, Alaska, United States

Location: Entrance to Prince William Sound; south coast of Alaska, 65 miles south of Valdez.

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Managing Organization:
U.S. Coast Guard

This is one of the highest and most isolated of Alaska's light stations. The 1910 tower's foundation was weakened by earthquakes in late 1920s. The Valdez Museum plans to build a replica of the 1910 tower in downtown Valdez.

Tower Height: 67

Height of Focal Plane: 235

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 15 seconds.

Description of Tower: White, octagonal tower attached to fog signal building; reinforced concrete with concrete/surface rock foundation.

Listed on the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1931 one story concrete Art Deco keeper's house.

Earlier Towers?
1910: Octagonal concrete tower on roof of octagonal keeper's quarters, with light 235 feet above sea level.

Date Established: November 5, 1910

Date Present Tower Built: 1934

Date Automated: 1974

Optics: 1910: Third order Fresnel lens; 1967: DCB-24; 1998: VRB 25 VEGA, solar powered. The original Fresnel lens is now in the Valdez Museum, 217 Egan Drive, P.O. Box 8, Valdez, Alaska 99686-0008; phone (907) 835-2764.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

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