Timeline: North Point Range Lights

1819: Congress appropriates $9,000 on March 3, for the construction of two lighthouses on North Point and one on Bodkin Point.

1820: Congress appropriates an additional $6,600 on May 15.

1822: Congress appropriates an additional $6,600.

1822: Two stone masonry lighthouses are built on the northern entrance to the Patapsco River to help guide mariners into the port of Baltimore.

1855: Keeper Elizabeth Riley makes $600/year.

1856: New illuminating apparatus is installed in the lighthouses.

1864: Repairs and renovations are made.

1867: Inspection report notes that both towers leak, as well as the roof on the keepers dwelling and needs to be repaired.

1870: Inspection report notes that the western tower is “no longer of service to navigation, I recommend that the lighting of it be discontinued.

1873: Both lights are decommissioned after the construction of Craighill Channel Range lights. The towers are left to deteriorate.

1. Annual Report of the Lighthouse Board, various years.
2. Annual Report of the Secretary of the Treasury on the State of Finances, various years.
3. Forgotten Beacons, Patrick Hornberger & Linda Turbyville, 1997.

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