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Garden Key Light (Tortugas Harbor) (Ft Jefferson)

Location: at Fort Jefferson on Garden Key / Dry Tortugas Islands near Key West, FL

Photo by: Russell Conard
Source: Flickr Creative Commons

About Garden Key Light (Tortugas Harbor) (Ft Jefferson)

The location of the light is at Fort Jefferson on Garden Key / Dry Tortugas Islands. The nearest city is Key West, FL. The station was first established in 1825. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1876.

The lighthouse is a black iron hexagonal tower.

The tower had a light at a focal plane height of 86 ft above mean high water. The tower height is 82 ft.

Open to the Public?: Yes    Active?: No

Also known as the Tortugas Harbor Light. This light, along with the Loggerhead Key Light, were the only Gulf Coast towers that stayed in full operation throughout the Civil War. In 1876, the new tower, made of boilerplate iron, was erected atop a staircase in the fort and stands today. In 1912, the station was automated, with tanks of compressed acetylene replacing the butts of kerosene to fuel the lights. The light was deactivated in 1924.

Today's Conditions on Site

Astronomical Info.

Astronomical Dawn: 5:58 am
Sunrise: 7:18 am
Sunset: 6:06 pm
Astronomical Dusk: 7:26 pm

Local Marine Forecast.

There are no active watches, warnings or advisories 

Additional Conditions.

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