Great Beds Lighthouse, Raritan Bay – 1950
The Great Beds Lighthouse [40° 29' 12" N – 74° 15' 12" W] circa 1950. Located at Great Beds Shoal near the mouth of the Raritan River on the far western end of Raritan Bay, NJ, this 60-foot conical tower lighthouse was built in 1880 and was manned until 1945. The shoal was really a large Oyster bar and was aptly named since it was really the greatest bed of Oysters in the area. During the mid–to–late 1800s, the shoal provided most of the Oysters sold in the United States. The Oysters are gone, but the lighthouse is still in operation today.