Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse: NRHP


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The Lighthouse Challenge of NJ celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019. I visited about half of the participating sites, focusing on the ones I didn’t see in 2018.


I arrived at the first stop on my list, the Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse, right at dawn. I climbed the stairs to the top to watch the sun rise over Philadelphia.


Tinicum is in Paulsboro, NJ and is one of a pair of lights marking a section of the Delaware River. It is still an active navigational aid. By aligning the front and rear range lights and aiming for the center, ship avoid Little Tinicum Island as the travel up the Delaware.


The light was first activated on December 31, 1880 and had keeper’s quarters. The Coast Guard automated the signal in 1933. The Keeper’s homes were demolished in the 1950s, leaving just the steel frame towers.


2019 Lighthouse Challenge Posts:

  • Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse
  • Finn’s Point Lighthouse
  • Supawna Meadows NWR
  • East Point Lighthouse
  • Maurice River
  • Cape May Lighthouse
  • Cape May Point State Park
  • Tatham Lifesaving Station
  • Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary
  • Lifesaving Station 30


Location: 70 Second Street, Paulsboro, NJ 08066, USA

Designation: National Register of Historic Places

Date designated or established: September 15, 2005

Date of my visit: October 19, 2019


18 thoughts on “Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse: NRHP

    1. How awesome…if your next adventure takes you to Redwoods National Park, you and the kids might enjoy a visit to the Crescent City light. It can only be accessed at low tide and there is a new couple in residence every month tending the light and giving tours.

  1. looks like it might be near the tiny Fort Mifflin that held the might of the British navy off for several weeks during the Revolutionary War. It’s a very interesting place to visit. A number of my ancestors fought in the battle. Have you been there. Make an interesting post. –Curt

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