Posted: Aug 12, 2010 11:59 AM by Greg Boyce
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The property has a million-dollar view, but the quarters are cramped, the grounds are nothing to brag about and a loud fog horn blares every 10 seconds.
For the right price, the picturesque Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse can be yours. The 72-foot conical light tower a mile off Cape Elizabeth, Maine, is being auctioned by the federal government. The property is hard to get to, located on a wave-swept rocky ledge.
But the views are to die for, and the lighthouse oozes history - a reminder of an era gone by when lighthouse keepers lived in isolation manning kerosene lamps and foghorns to keep mariners safe. A tour for prospective bidders is scheduled for later this month. Only one bid - $10,000 - has been made for the lighthouse.