Maine: A close-up of the state's ship-saving lighthouses
Maine's lighthouses, built to guide ships along the state's craggy coast and keep them from harm, are sometimes referred to as the saviors of the seacoast. The first lighthouse was built in 1794, and more than 200 years later 65 of them remain, though many have been modified and upgraded over the years. Some are square, some are round, many are on tough-to-get-to cliffs on islands, but all have become part of Maine's architectural and maritime history. Twenty-two lighthouses from around the state will open to the public free from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for the annual Open Lighthouse Day. If you can't make it, don't worry. These beauties aren't going anywhere, and many welcome visitors at other times of the year too. Here's a look at some of Maine's lighthouses.
-- Mary Forgione
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There are several lighthouses easily found in and near Portland, Maine's biggest city. The Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, shown here, was built in 1875. It's nicknamed the "Bug Light" because of its small size. It is in Bug Light Park in South Portland.