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Name: Fort Niagara Light  

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

Location: Entrance to Niagara River, Lake Ontario.

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Photo: Fran Davanzo

Managing Organization:
Old Fort Niagara Association, Inc.

Telephone: 716-745-7611


Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 169
New York, 14174, United States

The height of the lighthouse was increased by 11 feet in 1900. The lighthouse was increasingly obscured by trees; it was deactivated and replaced by a modern beacon in 1993. It is leased to the Old Fort Niagara Association.

Tower Height: 61

Height of Focal Plane: 91

Description of Tower: Unpainted octagonal limestone tower, with black cast iron lantern.

This light is not operational

Earlier Towers?
1782: Tower on fort; 1823: new wooden tower on fort.

Date Established: 1782

Date Present Tower Built: 1872

Date Deactivated: 1993

Optics: 1859: Fourth order Fresnel lens, still in place.

Current Use: Museum.

Open To Public? Yes

Fort Niagara is open from mid-April to Labor Day. The lighthouse is open on weekends only in June, and daily July 1 to Labor Day. There is a museum and gift shop in the keeper's house.

From Niagara Falls, NY, follow the Robert Moses Parkway North. From the NY State Thruway, take Exit 50 and follow I-290 West to I-190. Take I-190 North to Exit 25B and follow the Robert Moses Parkway North to the park entrance.

Keepers: Edward Giddings (1823-c. 1831).

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