In August of 2001, Lighthouse Digest told you about an interesting lighthouse project that took place in 1998 in Lansing, New York. Area residents decided to build their own lighthouse on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, one of the Finger Lakes. They built it in Myers Park in Lansing, ten miles north of Ithaca, New York.
What was interesting is that the light was built entirely by volunteers and cost the local taxpayers nothing. It is made of more than 3,000 bricks that were paid for by individual donors.
At the time, it did not have a working light on top... but that has changed. Steve Colt of the Lansing Parks and Recreation Department says they had raised just enough money to have a custom light installed last spring, 2002. It is a white, strobe-style light with a flash every six seconds. The light operates on a “dawn to dusk” automatic sensor with a range of 7-10 miles. The light is operational from April 1st to November 1st, yearly.
Steve says, “The lighthouse is one of the most photographed landmarks now in the area.” Mr. Colt goes on to say that they are now in their final phase of the project, landscaping. Their landscape plans for the light include a walking path and stone benches. But as is the case just about everywhere, the town’s budget for their parks and recreation department doesn’t allow them to complete their master plan for the lighthouse anytime soon.
This story appeared in the
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