Borden Flats Light
Borden Flats Quick Facts
Year Station Established: 1881
Is the Light operational? Yes
Year Light First Lit: 1881
Year Automated: 1963
Tower Height: 50 ft.
Original Optic: 4th Order, Fresnel
Present Optic: 250mm
Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
Year Constructed: 1881
Number of Stories:
Architectural Style: Integral
Construction Materials: Cast Iron
Borden Flats Lighthouse
Fall River, MA
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Last Visited: November, 2001
Borden Flats Light is located in Fall River, Massachusetts - on the southeastern shore. The city is approximately 20 miles from Plymouth. The lighthouse was built in 1881 near the Braga Bridge, which crosses the Taunton River. The lighthouse was built of cast iron plates on a concrete caisson base. The lighthouse originally housed a fourth-order Fresnel lens. The caisson was widened after the hurricane of 1938. The lighthouse was automated in 1963, and received a modern optic in 1977.
The Borden Flats Light was named after the Borden family, who were very prominent at the time. It would be many years later that the family's most famous member, Lizzy Borden, would be charged and acquitted of murdering her parents.
Massachusetts Lighthouses - A Pictoral Guide
Nearest Address: 1 Ferry Street, Fall River, MA
- Take Interstate 195 into Fall River.
- Take the exit for Route 138 South.
- Stay on Route 138 for 0.6 miles then take a right onto William St.
- Take William St. for 0.2 miles and take a right onto Almond St. (it's your second right)
- Take Almond St. to the end and turn into the Borden Light Marina.
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