Not all lighthouses have glorious towers as is evident by this 1892 photo of the forgotten Fort Barrancas Lighthouse near Pensacola, Florida. The light was mounted atop a pyramid style steel tower, which stood near a small keeper’s house. The memories of life here seem to have slipped away, probably having been over shadowed by the nearby famous Pensacola Lighthouse. If you look very closely, you will see a lighthouse keeper holding a small child by the side door of the house. It is unknown who they are.
Established in 1859, the lighthouse was also known as the Pensacola-Barrancas Rear Range Lighthouse and acted in combination with the Caucus Cut Range Light and the Fort McRee Range Light, none of which exist today. The Fort Barrancas was discontinued in 1930 and subsequently destroyed, however a modern aid to navigation is still in this vicinity. Today, the Fort Barrancas Light Station is one of America’s lost lighthouses, forgotten by most, but remembered by Lighthouse Digest.
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