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Buffalo Intake Crib Lighthouse

Buffalo's intake crib or 'roundhouse' is a much larger structure than the Horseshoe Reef light it replaced, so it was a simple matter to affix an automatic beacon atop its tiled roof. The light has a characteristic of two white flashes at five-second intervals.

While the intake crib is a healthy and active structure, the Horseshoe Reef building is a mere skeleton standing out on the water. The wooden superstructure has long since rotted away, and only the stone foundation, iron framework, and lantern room remain. The lighthouse has received a spot on a national watch list for threatened lighthouses, earning the lowest possible score of a 'y' for its current dilapidated condition. A 'y' score essentially means that a structure is in ruins, and that any future improvement would require reconstruction.

Established: 1907
Status: Active
Location: Located just offshore from Buffalo at the eastern end of Lake Erie.


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