A Brief History of Lighthouse Bureaucracy in the U.S.
On August 7, 1789, Congress created the grandly named Department of War and Lighthouse Service. In 1791 lighthouse oversight was transferred to the Treasury Department’s Lighthouse Establishment, and in 1852 to the United States Lighthouse Board. This board, in turn, was dissolved in 1910 favor of a Lighthouse Service under the Department of Commerce. This service, then—stay with us here—became part of the Coast Guard in 1939. Through this act, lighthouses once again returned to the Treasury Department. The Coast Guard became part of the Navy in 1941, returned to the Treasury in 1946, transferred to Transportation in 1967, and today falls under Homeland Security.
And what happened to the Department of War and Lighthouse Service? Today it’s the Department of Defense.
Point Pinos Lighthouse, Monterey, CA, 1870–75, Carleton Watkins. The J. Paul Getty Museum
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