At Sankaty Head Before the Move
Tourists are shown here in 1955 gazing out over the ocean by the wire fence at the 1850 Sankaty Head Lighthouse on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. If they had been here prior to 1953, they would have been shocked on this return visit to see that the beautiful lighthouse keeper’s house had been demolished and replaced with the nondescript Coast Guard housing shown here. Also, they could not have imagined that 53 years later, in 2007, the lighthouse would have been only 75 feet from the edge of the eroding cliff, and would have been moved back 280 feet. (Lighthouse Digest archives)
Fun at Tibbett’s Point
This page image from the May 23, 1950 edition of Look came to us in the mail one day a number of years back. The caption with the image read, “Jean and Suzy wave to John Jr. at Tibbett’s Point Lighthouse at the northern tip of New York State. It is Cape Vincent’s outpost on the lake.” There may have been more information about this photo in the magazine that we don’t know about, such as their last names and the children’s mother’s name. Regardless, it is slice of lighthouse history, worthy of being saved. The 1854 Tibbetts Point Lighthouse is cared for by the Tibbetts Point Lighthouse Historical Society.
1920s at Brockton Point
While visiting the Brockton Point Lighthouse at Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, these folks took some time to photograph what appears to be their 1920-21 Packard Touring Car Model 116, which they were apparently very proud of. And why not? The car cost around $3,200, a whopping amount of money back in the early 1920s. The Brockton Point Lighthouse was built in 1915 to replace an earlier tower that dated back to 1890. When the lighthouse was destaffed and automated in 1956, the beautiful keeper’s house was demolished. The lighthouse is now a popular tourist destination.
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