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The Montauk Point Lighthouse just before sunrise on (Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

The Montauk Point Lighthouse just before sunrise on the longest day of the year. (June 21, 2010)

Montauk Lighthouse over the years

The Montauk Point Lighthouse is one of Long Island's great landmarks. The lighthouse was authorized by Congress in 1792 under George Washington. Construction started on June 7, 1796, and was completed just about five months later on Nov. 5 - remarkably fast for the day. Stone came across the sound from Connecticut (Middletown, to be exact), and the builder, John McComb Jr., went on to construct other celebrated New York landmarks, such as Gracie Mansion (1799) and City Hall (1803).

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Montauk Point Lighthouse seen in 1990 photo taken

Montauk Point Lighthouse seen in 1990 photo taken at twilight.

Montauk Point Lighthouse seen in 1990 photo taken

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Montauk Point Lighthouse shortly after sunrise Monday morning.
(Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin)

Montauk Point Lighthouse shortly after sunrise Monday morning. (June 21, 2010)

The Montauk Point Lighthouse just before sunrise on
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The Montauk Point Lighthouse just before sunrise on the longest day of the year. (June 21, 2010)

The Montauk Point Lighthouse just before sunrise on

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The Montauk Point Lighthouse just before sunrise on

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The Montauk Point Lighthouse just before sunrise on

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The Montauk Point Lighthouse just before sunrise on

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The Montauk Point Lighthouse just before sunrise on

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The Montauk Point Lighthouse just before sunrise on

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The Montauk Point Lighthouse just before sunrise on

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The Montauk Point Lighthouse just before sunrise on

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