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Pensacola postcard face - click to enlarge

Pensacola postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart


State: FL
Year established: 1826
Latitude: 30 deg 20 min 48 sec N
Longitude: 87 deg 18 min 22 sec W
Height above sea level: 191 feet

Original construction:
30-foot tower

1859: current 150 foot conical brick tower built 1/2 mile west of the earlier tower

electrified in 1939; automated in 1965; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing white every 20 seconds, visible for 27 nautical miles

More information:
McCarthy, Kevin, Florida Lighthouses, (Gainsville, FL: University of Florida Press, 1990), pp. 125-128
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), pp. 139-140
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume 4 Gulf of Mexico, Econfina River, Florida to the Rio Grande, Texas, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 2