Barcelona Lighthouse and Keeper's Cottage - Westfield, NY
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Rayman
N 42° 20.465 W 079° 35.675
17T E 615770 N 4688603
Quick Description: The Barcelona Lighthouse, also known as the Portland Harbor Lighthouse, was the first gas powered lighthouse in the world. It sits on the shores of Lake Erie near the New York/Pennsylvania border.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 7/5/2008 6:26:29 PM
Waymark Code: WM44D7
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 62

Long Description:
The Barcelona Lighthouse is believed to be the oldest existing structure of its kind on the Great Lakes, and the first public building to be lighted by natural gas.

In 1828, a year after the U.S. Government designated Portland (now Barcelona) as a port of entry, Congress appropriated $5,000 for building a lighthouse. The site was purchased for $50, and a contract signed with Judge Thomas B. Campbell, who erected a lighthouse and dwelling at a cost of $3,456.70. The lighthouse received its first keeper on May 27, 1829, continued in operation until 1859, and now stands as a local landmark.

The lighthouse and keeper's cottage is privately owned but can clearly be seen from the side of the road and nearby pier parking lot. At the time of my visit, the structures were listed for sale. The asking price is $725,000.
Street address:
8234 East Lake Rd
Westfield, NY United States
14787


County / Borough / Parish: Chautauqua

Year listed: 1972

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event

Periods of significance: 1825-1849

Historic function: Domestic, Transportation: Single Dwelling, Water-Related

Current function: Domestic: Single Dwelling

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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