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CARYSFORT REEF LIGHT

State: FLORIDA
Location: CARYSFORT REEF/FLORIDA KEYS
Nearest City: KEY LARGO
County: MONROE
U.S.C.G. District: 7
Year Station Established: 1825



Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1852
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1960
  • Foundation Materials: IRON SCREWPILE W/DISK
  • Construction Materials: IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: RED
  • Shape: SKELETAL OCTAGONAL PYRAMIDAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 120
  • Original Optic: FIRST ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1852
  • Present Optic: VEGA VRB-25
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 100
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ORIGINAL "HENRY LEPAUTE" REVOLVING FIRST-ORDER LENS DISPLAYED AT MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN FLORIDA HISTORY, MIAMI
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1825
  • Description: LIGHTSHIP
  • Fate/Disposition: DECAYED AND ROTTED SO REPLACED WITH NEW VESSEL
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1852
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: INTEGRAL TO TOWER
  • Construction Materials: IRON
Other Structures: NONE

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN MARINE SANCTUARY

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD/NATIONAL OCEANIC ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED Reference #84000199
Name of Listing: CARYSFORT LIGHTHOUSE
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
FIRST OF GIANT SCREWPILE LIGHTHOUSES ON FLORIDA KEYS; CONSTRUCTED BY GEORGE MEADE; SITE'S FIRST AID WAS A LIGHTSHIP; NAMED AFTER HMS CARYSFORT, WHICH RAN ONTO REEF IN 1770; PLANS CALL FOR CONVERTING OLD KEEPERS INTO MARINE LABORATORY



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