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St. Simons Island postcard face - click to enlarge

St. Simons Island postcard obverse - click to enlarge

Locate on NOAA nautical chart

St. Simons Island

State: GA
Year established: 1808
Latitude: 31 deg 8 min 2 sec N
Longitude: 81 deg 23 min 38 sec W
Height above sea level: 104 feet

Original construction:
75-foot brick and tabby tower, attached to two-story brick dwelling

1861: destroyed by Confederate forces
1872: 106-foot brick tower built 25 feet from original site

automated in 1954; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
fixed white light visible for 18 nautical miles and white light flashing once every 60 seconds, visible for 23 nautical miles

More information:
Holland Jr., F. Ross, America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716, (Brattleboro, VT: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972), p. 118
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. 5