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St. Augustine postcard face - click to enlarge

St. Augustine postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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St. Augustine

State: FL
Year established: 1737
Latitude: 29 deg 53 min 6 sec N
Longitude: 81 deg 17 min 18 sec W
Height above sea level: 161 feet

Original construction:
44-foot tower of calcareous stone built by the Spanish and used as a watchtower until 1824 when it became Florida's first lighthouse

1867:Relighted, despite threatening erosion
1874: New 165-foot conical brick lighthouse lighted about half-mile away from old tower
1881: original lighthouse undermined and fell into the ocean

electrified in 1936; automated in 1955; private aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
fixed white light visible for 19 nautical miles and white light flashing once every 30 seconds visible for 24 nautical miles

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), pp. 120-121
McCarthy, Kevin, Florida Lighthouses, (Gainsville, FL: University of Florida Press, 1990), pp. 21-24
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. 6