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Liston Range Rear Lighthouse

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1876–1877. 1906 moved here. East of U.S. 13 on Port Penn Rd.
  • Liston Range Rear Lighthouse (HAER)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

The U.S. Coast Guard still operates this archaic-looking lighthouse, part of a historic network serving Delaware River ship traffic. River range lighthouses are rare today nationwide. The 120-foot tower was fabricated of wrought iron by Kellogg Bridge Company of Buffalo, New York, and originally stood a few miles east, where it was coated with a protective layer of coal tar and held a fixed white light. Dwellings, a barn, and an oil house were built to serve it on its current site, to which it was moved. It was electrified and automated in the 1930s and recorded by the Historic American Engineering Record in 1976. The lighthouse is unusual for being of wrought iron rather than cast iron. Raised on a stone base and with a narrow central column and a skirtlike array of stays radiating from the top, Liston bears a close resemblance to the later Reedy Island Range Rear Light, Taylors Bridge (1909–1910).

Writing Credits

W. Barksdale Maynard


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W. Barksdale Maynard, "Liston Range Rear Lighthouse", [Middletown, Delaware], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Delaware

Buildings of Delaware, W. Barksdale Maynard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, 207-208.

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