Friday, June 29, 2007
A Lasting Legacy
On June 29 in 1860, the last stone was laid at Minot’s Ledge (Massachusetts) Lighthouse (shown above). The stone tower replaced an iron-pile lighthouse that had been destroyed by a storm in April 1851. The new lighthouse was built of 1,079 blocks (3,514 tons) of Quincy granite dovetailed together and reinforced with iron shafts. Minot’s Light has lasted through countless storms and hurricanes, a testament to its designer and builders. The first 40 feet is solid granite, topped by a storeroom, living quarters and work space.