No, not a head light such as found in a car or truck!!! I’m talking about a lighthouse! Today’s picture is also from our trip to Maine in November, 2002 when we were looking for a house to which we’d move. (Oh, yeah, we found one…brand spanking new, 2400 square feet if you include the daylight basement, 6 acres of wooded land with a small creek, $160,000!!!! And there are still deals like that to be found in Maine – but you do have to put up with the four seasons: snow season, mud season, black fly season, and leaf-peeper season!!!!)
This is Bass Harbor Head Light, one of the most photographed places in all of Maine, located on Mt. Desert Island inside Arcadia National Park. Construction was approved and Congress gave $5000 toward the cost. The construction of a fog bell and tower, which no longer remains today, was completed in 1876 with a much larger 4000 pound bell being placed inside the tower in 1898. The keeper’s house remains in its original configuration with the exception of a 10-foot addition added in 1900. The lighthouse was put on the National Register of Historic Places as Bass Harbor Head Light Station on January 21, 1988. Bass Harbor’s fifth order Fresnel lens was replaced in 1902 with a larger fourth order. This lens was manufactured by a French company and is still in service to this day.
When I see some of our pictures from Maine that we took along the rocky coast, it makes me want to go back. The rocky Maine coast is certainly photogenic!!!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: the TV show, “Mr. Ed”, about a talking horse, debuted in 1961. The show starred Alan Young as Ed’s owner, Wilbur Post, and Connie Hines as Wilbur’s long-suffering wife, Carol. The neighbor, Roger, was played by Larry Keating, who was not the only neighbor confounded by Ed’s antics. Mr. Ed was voiced by Allan ‘Rocky’ Lane.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: by the end of the 1500’s, women preferred to carry their purse pouches underneath their skirts.