Special East Coast Report

On December 23, 1948, Long Island (the New York one, not the Wisconsin one) lost one of its most beautiful and historically significant lighthouses when the Coast Guard toppled the Shinnecock Bay Lighthouse by tearing out chunks of the base. They propped the tower up with timbers, then set them on fire. The tower collapsed when the timbers burnt through. Must have been quite a sight! The 160-foot-high brick structure, located on Ponquogue Point on Shinnecock Bay on the South Fork, was first lit in 1858.

Shinnecock Lighthouse, 1918

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