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Point Isabel (Port Isabel) postcard face - click to enlarge

Point Isabel (Port Isabel) postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Point Isabel (Port Isabel)

State: TX
Year established: 1853
Latitude: 26 deg 4 min 40 sec N
Longitude: 97 deg 12 min 27 sec W
Height above sea level: 91 feet

Original construction:
50-foot conical white-brick tower

1866: reactivated after repair of damage by Confederate forces in 1863
1881: New lantern room installed
1952: Extensive renovations made
2000: Fully restored replica to 1880's appearance

abandoned in 1886; reactivated in 1895; decommissioned in 1905; sold to private bidder in 1927; dedicated as state park in 1952; private aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing white

Original name, "Point Isabel", changed to "Port Isabel" after its purchase by the newly renamed Town Committee in the mid- 1920s; however, National Historic Register and National Geodetic Survey list site as "Point Isabel"

More information:
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. 361