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TCHEFUNCTE RIVER RANGE REAR LIGHT

State: LOUISIANA
Location: NORTH SIDE LAKE PONCHARTRAIN
Nearest City: MADISONVILLE
County: ST. TAMMANY
U.S.C.G. District: 8
Year Station Established: 1838


Tchefuncte River Range Rear Light
Photo courtesy of Ted Smith.
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1868
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1952
  • Foundation Materials: STONE
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/VERTICAL BLACK STRIPE
  • Shape: CONICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 43
  • Original Optic: FIFTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: 250 MM
  • Year Present Lens Installed:
  • Height of Focal Plane: 49
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1838
  • Description: BRICK
  • Fate/Disposition: DAMAGED IN CIVIL WAR
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES, MOVED 2 MILES UPRIVER
  • Year Constructed: 1887
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Architectural Style: PLATFORM BUNGALOW
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
Other Structures: ALL DESTROYED

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/PLANS FOR TO BE PART OF MUSEUM

Owner/Manager: TOWN OF MADISONVILLE WITH U.S. COAST GUARD ACCESS TO OPTIC

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #86001684
Name of Listing: TCHEFUNCTE RIVER RANGE REAR LIGHT
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
LANTERN FROM CAT ISLAND LIGHT INSTALLED ON TOWER 1868; FUNCTIONED AS REAR RANGE LIGHT SINCE 1903; FRONT RANGE ON SKELETAL TOWER ON PILES; TO BE OPERATED AS A TOURIST ATTRACTION WHEN TRANSFER FROM USCG COMPLETED



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