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Key West Light

Location: Whiteheads Point near Key West, FL

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About Key West Light


The location of the light is Whiteheads Point. The nearest city is Key West, FL. The station was first established in 1825. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1847.

The lighthouse is a white conical brick tower with a black lantern.

The tower had a light at a focal plane height of 91 ft above mean high water. The tower height is 86 ft.

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The original light was built in 1825. Construction was approved and would have started in 1824, but the boat carrying Samuel B. Lincoln sunk while on route to Florida from Boston. Original plans were for the light to be built on one of the keys of the coast of Florida, but it was realized that these islands were completely submerged at times. Because of this the first tower was built on the most southern point of Key West. This did not prevent the tower from being destroyed by a hurricane in October of 1846. The hurricane inundated Key West with five feet of water and destroyed all but 8 of the 600 houses in Key West. This was before hurricanes were named but it became known as the Great Hurricane of 1846. The storm crossed over Cuba, Key West up through Georgia, the Carolinas and into the Chesapeake Bay causing a great deal of destruction along the way. In 1886, the original keeper dwelling was torn down and the current building was built. In 1989, the Light was deactivated. In 1992 Monroe County acquired the light.

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