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I hope you get some pleasure from seeing the beautiful Sanibel sky. Every sunrise and sunset is different. On rainy days we usually see clouds with the sun shinning behind them and many times a rainbow.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Historic Lighthouse

This is Sanibel Island's historical lighthouse, known as the Point Ybel Light, located on the Eastern tip of the island. Nearly every time I am on the beach near the light house, there is a beautiful sky as a back drop.

Island residents and also many who lived on the mainland, had tried for over 50 years, before Congress finally approved $50,000 for its construction. It was the first lighthouse on Florida's Gulf coast north of Key West. It was a carbon copy of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse in the Panhandle, which was made to withstand strong hurricane winds.

A metal factory in New Jersey, made the ironwork which was sent by a sailing ship to the island. However about two miles before reaching Sanibel, the ship hit a sandbar and sank. A crew of hard-hat divers from Key West recovered all but two of the pieces for the tower.

Work on the foundation began in March of 1884 and it was completed in late summer. It stands around 98 feet tall and has an internal winding stairway of over 120 steps lead to the lantern house. There were also two houses built for the keepers, which still stand today. Those two houses received indoor plumbing, bathrooms and enclosed porches in 1923. At that time, the head light was also switched from kerosene to acetylene gas. It was automated in 1949 and is still operational. The lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The lighthouse and both houses where city employees now live, are closed to the public.



13 comments:

J Bar said...

Beautiful shot. Beautiful colours.

Tabib said...

Thanks for historical info of this beautiful lighthouse.

Guy D said...

Fantastic image of the lighthouse, I'm very impressed.

Have a great weekend!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Carletta said...

WOW!
Beautiful color and texture in those clouds. Very nice!

Larry said...

Super skywatch friday sunset! I love the colors and I love lighthouses. They are becoming a rarity. Thanks for the info too!

Today's Blah... said...

Wow, I love the lighthouse and the sky color. It's just magnificent.

happyone said...

Love the colors.

Snowbird said...

Wow, what a beautiful shot Tootie. Ya done good!!! LOL

Barb said...

Oh my gosh - I love lighthouses and the sky when you took this shot is just beautiful.

Carol said...

This is a great photo! love the lighthouse...and the sky is gorgeous...enjoyed the info.

Fotos da Lurdes said...

Pretty colors... beautiful shot...
Thanks for sharing!

bobbie said...

I have always wanted to visit there, and never did make it. I think I could sit and watch the sun go down every night, and be blissfully happy,

Greg Dimitriadis said...

You have some amazing photos on your blog!