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Ponce de Leon Inlet postcard face - click to enlarge

Ponce de Leon Inlet postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

Ponce de Leon Inlet

State: FL
Year established: 1835
Latitude: 29 deg 4 min 48 sec N
Longitude: 85 deg 55 min 42 sec W
Height above sea level: 159 feet

Original construction:
45-foot masonry tower collapsed in 1836 due to unrepaired foundation erosion delayed by Indian attacks

1888: current 161-foot red-brick conical tower

deactivated 1970 - 1982: private aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
six white flashes every 15 seconds, visible for 22 nautical miles

Florida's tallest lighthouse, and second tallest lighthouse in America

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), pp. 122-123
McCarthy, Kevin, Florida Lighthouses, (Gainsville, FL: University of Florida Press, 1990), pp. 25-28
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard / Seventh Coast Guard District Local Notice to Mariners Weekly Edition, Number 28/04, (Miami, FL: July 13, 2004), p. 7