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Completed in 1852, the wrought-iron Carysfort Reef Lighthouse was nothing like the stone and granite structure that Winslow Lewis had first proposed for the site. The idea for open skeleton wrought-iron lighthouses was originally the idea of a man named Alexander Mitchell. But it was I.W.P. Lewis who was chosen by the government to design the Carysfort Reef Lighthouse. The preliminary construction of the lighthouse started with Captain Howard Stansbury of the Army Corp of Topographical Engineers, who was later replaced by Major Thomas B. Kinnard. When Kinnard died, he was replaced by Lt. George Meade who completed the construction of the Carysfort Reef Lighthouse. Later, Meade was in charge of the construction of Sand Key Lighthouse and the Sombrero Key Lighthouse. Meade then went on to become a hero of the Civil War. After the Carysfort Lighthouse was de-staffed in 1960, it suffered from neglect and vandalism. The cast and wrought iron balcony that once surrounded the keeper’s quarters is long gone. The lighthouse is shown here in 1949 when it was still a staffed station.
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