February 3rd, 2013
Newport, RI

Some people don't like shooting in such harsh light or even directly into the sun. Why not!

I hadn't a clue where to head out today so I took a chance and stopped by this lighthouse. I had never been. I shouldn't have gone, it was frigid and windy. Great spot though!

History: "Castle Hill, at the westernmost point of Newport, was the site of a watchtower built in 1740. It was an obvious site for a light and fog signal to aid mariners heading to Newport Harbor and up Narragansett Bay's East Passage toward Providence.

In 1869, the Lighthouse Board's annual report made the case for such an aid:

Applications have been made at various times in the past, and renewed this year, for a light-house and fog signal on Castle Hill, to guide vessels, especially in thick and foggy weather, into Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. After a careful examination of the locality, and a full consideration of the whole subject, it is recommended that an efficient fog signal be authorized for this point.

Congress appropriated $10,000 for a fog signal at Castle Hill on March 3, 1875. Just a short time before the appropriation, a large summer home was built on the property that was coveted by the Lighthouse Board. The owner was biologist and industrialist Alexander Emanuel Agassiz.

Agassiz had made a large fortune as the president of a mining company. Agassiz established a marine laboratory on the site that operated until his death in 1910."

SOURCE: www.lighthouse.cc/castlehill/history.html

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