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State’s first lighthouse opens on W.Va. Day

Jun. 21, 2013 @ 07:12 AM

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginians are celebrating the opening of the state’s first lighthouse.

Hundreds of people celebrated West Virginia’s Sesquicentennial by climbing a 122-step spiral staircase to reach the top of the Summersville Lake Lighthouse.

The lighthouse’s observation deck towers 105 feet above the Summersville Lake Retreat campground.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the lighthouse opened to the public on Thursday after a four-year effort by owners Steve and Donna Keblesh.

The owners partnered with the Fayette Institute of Technology and the Nicholas County Career & Technical Center for the project that used a repurposed wind turbine tower.

The tower’s beacon can be seen from 30 miles away and is registered with the FAA as an official navigation aid.

Guided tours of the lighthouse will be offered daily.

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