Lesson #227: The Statue of Liberty as a Lighthouse

Technically speaking, the Statue of Liberty is a lighthouse and from its dedication in 1886 to 1901 when President Theodore Roosevelt transferred control to the War Department, it fell under the control of the United States Lighthouse Board.

When the Lighthouse Board took over, it intended to amplify the light emitted by Lady Liberty’s torch. Its engineers set up a steam plant on Bedloe’s Island to power 14 arc lamps, nine in the torch and five strategically placed below the torch,  but despite its best efforts, the amount of light produced never made the Statue of Liberty a viable working lighthouse.*

*More information here and here. For more on lighthouses in general, see here.

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