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Name: American Shoal Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Summerland Key, Florida, United States

Location: 15 miles east of Key West.

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Photo: Judith Trotter
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Managing Organization:
U.S. Coast Guard

This lighthouse is almost a duplicate of Fowey Rocks Light. It was included in a series of postage stamps depicting American lighthouses in the 1980s.

Tower Height: 109

Height of Focal Plane: 109

Description of Tower: Skeletal octagonal pyramidal tower with integral keeper's quarters.

Listed on the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1880

Date Present Tower Built: 1880

Date Automated: 1963

Optics: 1880: First order Fresnel lens; now VRB-25, solar powered.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? no

Keepers: William Bates (1880-?)

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