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Visiting and photographing lighthouses is a popular hobby. Explore why these beautiful structures that once aided navigation are so interesting.

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Boston Light Lighthouse

The Boston Light lighthouse is the only lighthouse in America that continues to have resident keepers. Located ten miles east of Boston this lighthouse has guided ships into Boston Harbor for close to 300 years. Learn about the history of the Boston


The Ultimate Most Endangered Lighthouses Quiz

 The Ultimate Most Endangered Lighthouses Quiz

The 10 most endangered lighthouses need help or they may be lost forever. Take this quiz to learn more about the 10 most endangered lighthouses. See more »

10 Most Endangered Lighthouses in the World

 10 Most Endangered Lighthouses in the World

Many lighthouses are inactive and could be lost forever. Check out the 10 most endangered lighthouses in the world at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Lighthouses Work

 How Lighthouses Work

Lighthouses were used in the days of sailing before GPS and other technologies made them obsolete. Read more about lighthouses at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Lighthouse Pictures

 Lighthouse Pictures

These lighthouse pictures showcase some of the most beautiful and scenic lighthouses around the country. Enjoy the view with lighthouse pictures. See more »

Navesink Lighthouse

 Navesink Lighthouse

Navesink Lighthouse, on New Jersey's northern shore, marks a navigational spot first found by Henry Hudson. Learn about Navesink Lighthouse here. See more »

Boston Light Lighthouse

 Boston Light Lighthouse

The Boston Light lighthouse is the only lighthouse in America that continues to have resident keepers. Learn about the history of the Boston Light. See more »