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Another Shining Light in the City

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, December 15, 2005, at 09:45AM
city hall with lindbergh beacon shining jim Winstead [Flickr]

The last two nights I've noticed the Lindbergh Beacon lit atop City Hall. I don't know if there's some special occasion that makes them slip the switch this time of year, but on this date in 2002 I noticed it lit (after also seeing it two days earlier.

It seems that in the early 1900s Lindbergh Beacons were the thing to have. We commissioned ours in 1928, with the light lit by our country's 30th President, Calvin Coolidge. Not to be outdone, Chicago put their own "Lindbergh Beacon" on the Palmolive Building in 1930. Their beacon was similarly lit via telegraph from the President, but by this time Herbert Hoover was in office.

Update (1pm) Added Jim Winstead's great photo.


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