When the Boston Lighthouse was first lit 300 years ago today, sailors called on New England ports in wooden ships, pirates roamed the Atlantic Coast and the 13 colonies were under the British crown. Today the light still guides mariners safely home and helps keep America’s economy on course.
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Built in 1902 by the U.S. Lighthouse Service, which became part of the Coast Guard in 1939, the Five Finger Islands Light once guided prospectors into southeast Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush and still welcomes mariners, tourists and scientists today.
Like the city it proudly serves, the New Canal Lighthouse in New Orleans is a survivor. In 1893 Hurricane Cheniere Caminada hit New Orleans. The lighthouse was not only the lone structure left standing in the area after the hurricane hit, but it also sheltered more than 200 survivors. Hurricanes pummeled the lighthouse again in 1915, 1926 and 1927. Then it was hit with the double whammy of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that temporarily knocked it out of commission in 2005.
First lit in 1855, the Point Loma Lighthouse helped to guide the rise of San Diego from a sleepy fishing village to a bustling military port. U.S. Coast Guard aids to navigation, like the Point Loma Lighthouse, have helped to enable San Diego’s meteoric rise.
The Boca Grande Lighthouse is on Gasparilla Island, a barrier island that is reportedly named after Spanish pirate Captain Jose Gaspar who allegedly buried treasure there that remains undiscovered to this day. None of this deters Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team St. Petersburg, Florida, from keeping the light shinning.