| Fort Niagara Lighthouse . Lake Ontario . New York . Watercolor . 9" x 12"
... The first beacon, on the point of land where the Niagara River empties into Lake Ontario... known as the Fort Conti Tower, was erected by the French in 1679.
Following the victorious British conclusion of the French and Indian War of 1759... a light was added to the roof of the adjacent and formerly French, Fort Denoncille.
The British then lost this fort and its light to the Americans in 1796. In 1823, another tower was built, which lasted until 1872, when constructiion of the present tower
commenced. An 11 foot extension to the height was added in 1900. The tower was decommissioned by the Coast Guard in 1993.... because the light was no longer
visible through the foliage and someone didn't want to cut down the trees. We visited in 2009 and there really are a lot more trees than I've painted here...
the Niagara River is barely visible from this view now.