Two days before Christmas in 1948, a small group of people in Hampton Bays braved frigid temperatures to watch the felling of a giant.
The Shinnecock Lighthouse, which towered nearly 170 feet over Ponquogue Point, fell to the earth with a crash that was reportedly heard and felt some 3 miles away. Despite its sad end, the lighthouse went out with a bang instead of a whimper.
Shinnecock Light was and is an important lighthouse on the south side of Long Island, New York. The name comes from the Shinnecock Indian Nation. The original red brick tower was built in 1858. It was 168 feet (51 m) tall and had a 1st order Fresnel lens, itself almost 12 feet (3.7 m) tall. If it were still standing it would be one of the ten tallest lighthouses in the US. It was discontinued in 1931 in favor of a skeleton tower and demolished by the Coast Guard in 1948. Some time later the Coast Guard built a communication tower on the site and moved the light to the height of 75 feet (23 m) on that tower.
SHINNECOCK (PONQUOGUE) LIGHT