Baker Island, Maine


Baker Island, Maine

Baker Island is an island located in Maine marking the southwestern entrance to Frenchman Bay. It is one of the five islands of the Town of Cranberry Isles, Maine.

The island is not inhabited year round. There are only three property owners on the island, two of which are private residences, with the balance of the island (well over 75% of the total land) belonging to the National Park Service.

There is an automated lighthouse on the eastern shore of the island, which is known as the Baker Island Light Station. The station began in 1828 on the order of John Quincy Adams to warn of the shoals around the Cranberry Isles and the sand bar running between Baker Island and Little Cranberry Island. The current tower was built in 1855 and automated in 1966. The lighthouse is a historic sight listed in the national register of historic places. [cite web | title = Baker Island Light | work = Inventory of Historic Light Stations: Maine Lighthouses | publisher = National Park Service | date = 2002-04-15 | url = http://www.nps.gov/history/maritime/park/bakerisl.htm | accessdate = 2007-10-03 ]

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