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Passaic Lighthouse

Part of the Lost Lighthouses of New Jersey Series

Passaic Lighthouse One of four light stations established during the nineteenth century to guide commercial shipping traffic through the crowded Newark Bay, the Passaic Lighthouse warned vessels away from the spreading mudflats on the mouth of the Passaic River. A handsome wood-frame dwelling with an attached tower, it stood on a six foot high stone wharf. A sixth-order Fresnel lens focused its beacon. By the turn of the twentieth century, the river changed course, and shipping no longer passed near the light or the mudflats it guarded. It was abandoned shortly before World War I and eventually demolished.