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CAPE SAN BLAS LIGHT

State: FLORIDA
Location: CAPE SAN BLAS
Nearest City: APALACHICOLA
County: GULF
U.S.C.G. District: 8
Year Station Established: 1848


Cape San Blas Light
Photo by David Cipra, 1994
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1885
  • Is the Light Operational? NO
  • Date Deactivated: 1996
  • Automated: 1981
  • Foundation Materials: IRON PILING
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: SKELETON AROUND SLENDER CYLINDER
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 90
  • Original Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1859
  • Present Optic: THIRD ORDER, BIVALVE
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1906
  • Height of Focal Plane: 101
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: "BARBIER, BENARD ET TURENNE" THIRD ORDER BIVALVE LENS & CLOCKWORK MECHANISM STILL IN TOWER
  • Has tower been moved? YES, 1918
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date: 1847/1856
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition: TOPPLED IN STORM
  • 2. Construction Date: 1859
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition: DAMAGED BY CIVIL WAR; FELL INTO GULF AS A RESULT OF EROSION IN 1882
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1919
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style:
  • Construction Materials: FRAME
Other Structures: RADIOBEACON (1939), 2ND KEEPERS

Current Use: UNDER RESTORATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. AIR FORCE

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

Web Site:

National Register Status: NONE; Reference # 0
Name of Listing:
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
FOURTH TOWER ON SITE; TOWER MOVED DUE TO EROSION 1918



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