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SOMBRERO KEY LIGHT

State: FLORIDA
Location: NEAR MARATHON KEY IN FLORIDA KEYS
Nearest City: MARATHON
County: MONROE
U.S.C.G. District: 7
Year Station Established: 1858


Sombrero Key Light
Photo courtesy of Ted Smith, 2003
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1858
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1960
  • Foundation Materials: IRON PILE W/DISCS
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
  • Markings/Patterns: BROWN
  • Shape: SKELETAL OCTAGONAL PYRAMIDAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 160
  • Original Optic: FIRST ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1858
  • Present Optic: VRB-25, SOLAR POWERED
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1997
  • Height of Focal Plane: 142
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: FIRST ORDER LENS ON DISPLAY AT KEY WEST LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM
  • Has tower been moved? NO
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: INTEGRAL TO TOWER
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON
Other Structures: NONE

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site:

National Register Status: NONE; Reference # 0
Name of Listing:
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
THIRD SCREWPILE LIGHTHOUSE ON FLORIDA KEYS; CONSTRUCTED BY GEORGE MEADE



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