The Key West lighthouse was built in 1847 to replace the original wooden tower on Whitehead Point destroyed the previous year by a hurricane. The present location, 14 feet above sea level, was chosen to protect the new tower from a similar fate. This tower was 66 feet high with a fixed white light. In 1894, twenty feet were added to bring it to its present height. The three red sector panels were the code signifying dangerous approaches to the harbor. The lighthouse was decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1969. The tower was restored for $265,000 in 1989, re-opening in February. Its 175-watt metal halide light which works on a photo-electric cell lights up as the daylight diminishes can be seen several miles out to sea.
Photo captured September 25, 2013.
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