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HALF MOON REEF LIGHT

State: TEXAS
Location: MOVED ASHORE / ORIGINALLY IN MATAGORDA BAY
Nearest City: PORT LAVACA
County: CALHOUN
U.S.C.G. District: 8
Year Station Established: 1858


Half Moon Reef Light
Photo courtesy of Ted Smith.
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1858
  • Is the Light Operational? NO
  • Date Deactivated: 1942
  • Automated:
  • Foundation Materials: IRON SCREWPILE (ORIGINAL)
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/GREEN TRIM
  • Shape: HEXAGONAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height:
  • Original Optic: FOURTH ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed:
  • Present Optic: REMOVED
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1990
  • Height of Focal Plane:
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition:
Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1858
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Architectural Style: PLATFORM COTTAGE
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
Other Structures:

Current Use: PARK

Owner/Manager: CALHOUN COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION

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: 1980

Miscellaneous:
PARTIALLY DESTORYED IN 1942 STORM; ORIGINALLY OFFSHORE ON HALF MOON REEF IN MATAGORDA BAY; MOVED TO A PARK AND RESTORED BY HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1980; FLASHING ELECTRIC BULB IN LANTERN



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