Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Patrick Light (59.9 mile marker)

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Institution Name: University of Charleston
Original/Historic Place Name: Patrick Light
Location on Campus: northwest corner of main campus on river bank
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s): information unknown Unknown
Type of Place: Landscape site
Type of landscape–
Large-scale features:
Navigation light on Kanawha River.
Other characteristics:
Materials: base of brick and wood, light has metal parts, metal plaque with historical information
ca. n.d.-present (2007)other (navigation light for river barges, formerly also for steamboats)

Significance: history, landscape
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The Patrick Light, also known as the 59.9 mile marker, is a navigation light on the Kanawha River named for William H. Patrick (1861-1942), who was the longest active pilot of steamboats on the Kanawha. He began as a pilot at age 21 and made his last trip four months before his death. Mr. Patrick lived near the light on what is now the campus of the University of Charleston. The light is in good operating condition.

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