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Portland Head

Portland Head

The tower was built of rubblestone, and Washington gave the masons four years to build it. While it was under construction in 1789, the federal government was being formed and for a while it looked as though the lighthouse would not be finished. Following passage of their ninth law, the first congress made an appropriation and authorized the Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, to inform the mechanics that they could go on with the completion of the tower. On August 10, 1790, the second session of congress appropriated a sum not to exceed $1500, and under the direction of the President, “to cause the said lighthouse to be finished and completed accordingly. The tower was completed during 1790 and first lit January 10, 1791.

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Cedric Sims07-Oct-2012 02:09
Very nice!
Sam Rua05-Oct-2012 04:33
Sweet capture, Bill.
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