Digest>Jul/Aug 2013

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Sand Key Lighthouse, shown here in this vintage photograph, was built in 1853 seven miles southwest of Key West, Florida to replace an earlier tower that had been destroyed in a hurricane. The National Register of Historic Places nomination form for the lighthouse stated, “This light is one of the most important lights on the coast of the United States. It was first lighted on July 20, 1853 and is the second oldest of the six iron screw pile lighthouses which extend from Fowey Rocks to Sand Key. It is the only one of these lights not standing entirely in water.” At one time there was a United States Weather Bureau Station that stood next to the lighthouse. The square enclosure at the base of the lighthouse was the keeper’s quarters and consisted of nine rooms that also included storage for water and oil. In 1989 the lighthouse was severely damaged by fire, and the facilities as well as the round central cylinder column were removed. (Lighthouse Digest archives.)
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