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Long Beach Bar Light
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Date Established: 1871
Date Present Tower Built: 1990
Height of Focal Plane: 63 ft.
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DescriptionLong Beach Bar lighthouse sits just off the end of a very long sand bar that is now a part of Orient Beach State Park on Long Island. The light is in Gardner's Bay and can be seen from Hwy 25 between East Marion and Orient Point, which is where the posted photos were shot. The lighthouse is best seen from there either with binoculars or long telephoto lenses.
The lighthouse sits atop screw piles and was damaged almost yearly by ice building up around the screw piles in the early days of the light. The Concrete foundation was poured beneath the lighthouse in 1926 and surrounded by rip rap to help protect it form the ice on Gardiner's Bay. The light was decomissioned in 1948 because of the movement of the sand bar but was then recommissioned as an Aid to Navigation by the USCG in 1993.