Minot's Ledge Lighthouse

ID: SIA2012-3531

Creator: Joseph Henry Papers Project

Form/Genre: Document

Date: July 10, 1869

Citation: Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 10, The Smithsonian Years: January 1858-December 1865 (Smithsonian Institution in association with Science History Publications/USA, 2004)

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Summary

Minot's Ledge Lighthouse, near Boston Harbor, as depicted by Alfred R. Waud (1828-1891) in Harper's Weekly, July 10, 1869. After the collapse of the first lighthouse at Minot's Ledge in 1851, Jospeh Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and other members of the United States Lighthouse Board oversaw construction of a new granite one by army engineer Barton Stone Alexander. Completed in 1860, the $300,000 structure was considered a marvel of engineering.

Subject

  • Alexander, B. S (Barton Stone) 1819-1878
  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Harper's Weekly
  • United States Light House Board

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

This image was scanned from the Joseph Henry Papers Volume 10, page facing page 279.

Contained within

Rothenberg, Marc, et al, eds., The Papers of Joseph Henry, Volume 10, The Smithsonian Years: January 1858-December 1865 (Smithsonian Institution in association with Science History Publications/USA, 2004)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

July 10, 1869

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Topic

  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Secretaries
  • Lighthouses

Place

Boston (Mass.)

Form/Genre

  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2012-3531

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White ; Size: 6 3/4w x 10h ; Type of Image: Document ; Medium: Paper

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