Waackaack Light Tower, Keansburg, NJ – 1904
The "Waackaack Light Tower" in Keansburg, NJ circa 1904. Built in the 1860's by the U.S. government to replace a wooden tower dating from 1856, the light was used as a range point for ships leaving New York Harbor. As you headed south through the "Narrows" on "Gedney Channel", you set your course by lining up the light tower with the "Old Orchard" lighthouse. Interestingly, the photograph names the tower as the "Waycate Light". Long before its incorporation in 1917, the area comprising Keansburg, NJ was known by the native indian names "Wacate", "Waykiaok" and "Waackaack".