Photo from Coast Guard Historians
Photo by Kim M. Ruth
This light was also known as the Fort Mifflin Bar Cut
Mifflin Bar Range. The front range light was also known
The front range light was located south of
just below Lincoln Park. Its position was 39° 50' 51"
15' 11" longitude. The lighthouse was first lighted
December 31, 1880.
It was equipped with a fifth order lens. The keepers
house sat at the
edge of a sloping bank. The original light was in the
dwelling, but by 1887 the shipping channel had changed
and the light
was moved to a detached square frame tower on concrete
slightly off the shoreline. The keeper's house and the
new tower were
connected by a wooden walkway. The front range light had
distinction of serving as the front range for two ranges
- The Mifflin
Range pointing upriver (towards Trenton) and the Tinicum
down river. It was automated in 1938. Eventually the
site became the
property of the DuPont Company. The keeper's house was
down. The wooden tower was replaced by a steel skeleton
in the late 1970's or early 1980's. Like the old tower
it replaced, it
has two lights, one facing upriver and one facing down
river. It is
built on the foundation of of its earlier predecessor.
The Fort Mifflin Rear Range Lighthouse was located at
50' 35" latitude by 75° 15' 40" longitude which is about
behind the front range light. The rear range light as a
wooden tower with a black watchroom and lantern with a
daymark above the roof of the lantern. The tower was not
the keepers house. the keeper lived in a two-story,
dwelling with lead colored trim and green shutters.
The rear range light was originally equipped with a
fifth order lens.
It was automated in 1938. Eventually the site became
part of the Mobil
Oil Refinery complex and the lighthouse was torn down.
The site is