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Cape Florida postcard face - click to enlarge

Cape Florida postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Cape Florida

State: FL
Year established: ca. 1825
Latitude: 25 deg 39 min 54 sec N
Longitude: 80 deg 9 min 24 sec W
Height above sea level: 100 feet

Original construction:
65-foot tower

1846: rebuild of tower, destroyed in 1836 by Seminole Indians
1855: tower raised to 100 ft. above sea level, Fresnel lens installed
1866: current conical brick tower restored after 1861 vandalism
1978: restored by the State of Florida after deactivation in 1878 as part of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

automated in 1978; deactivated 1990-1996; restored by the State in 1996 following Hurricane Andrew; private aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing white every 6 seconds

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), pp. 134-139
McCarthy, Kevin, Florida Lighthouses, (Gainsville, FL: University of Florida Press, 1990), pp. 41-44
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume 3 Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast, Little River, South Carolina to Econfina River, Florida, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 9