TRAIL - Life Saving Museum LbNA # 23907 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Sep 30 2006|
|Location||Dewey Beach, DE|
Indian River Life Saving Station located on the ocean side of Route 1 just one mile North of Indian River Inlet Bridge. The structure, one of many lifesaving stations designed by the Federal government in 1875, is the oldest lifesaving station still in its original location on the East Coast. Its lifesaving days ended when the Storm of 1962 filled it with more than two feet of sand. It has since been meticulously restored to its 1905 appearance complete with diamond-shaped trim. The station was built in 1876 for use by the United States Lifesaving Service, a government organization created to respond to the alarming number of shipwrecks along the coastlines of the United States. This building was originally located 400 feet closer to the shore, but a sand dune began to form around it almost as soon as it was finished. It was moved to its present location in 1877.
Life Saving Station stamp is in the parking lot. Standing at the West side of the metal tower take a reading of 214 degrees and gently lift the pine tree branch without disturbing the pine needle covering to retrieve the box. Take box to your car to stamp in and not attract attention. Replace as carefully, being sure there is still a covering of pine needles.