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Name: Key West Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Key West, Florida, United States

Location: Whitehead's Point.

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Managing Organization:
Key West Art and Historical Society

Telephone: 305-294-0012


Contact Address Information:
938 Whitehead Street
Key West
Florida, 33040, United States

The first Key West Lighthouse was destroyed by a hurricane in 1846. The present tower was opened to the public in 1972. A restoration project began in 1987 and took three years to complete. The station has been restored to its appearance at the turn of the 20th century. There is a working optic in the lighthouse but is not an official navigational aid.

Tower Height: 86

Height of Focal Plane: 91

This light is not operational

Other Buildings?
1887 one story keeper's house; cistern, oil house (replica), two garages, storage building, outhouse.

Earlier Towers?

Date Established: 1825

Date Present Tower Built: 1848

Date Deactivated: 1969

Date Automated: 1915

Optics: 1858: Third order Fresnel lens; now 175-WATT HI-TEK M57.

Current Use: Museum

Open To Public? Yes

The Key West Lighthouse Museum, located in the 1887 keeper's house, is open daily 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.The museum tells the stories of the lighthouses of the Florida Keys and the history of the Key West Light Station. There is also a gift shop. Visitors are also invited to climb the lighthouse tower and tour the grounds.

From Route 1 (Truman Avenue) in Key West, turn onto Whitehead Street. The lighthouse is at 938 Whitehead Street; there is a small parking lot.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Michael Mabrity (1826-1832); Barbara Mabrity (1832-?); William DeMeritt (?); William Bethel (?-1908); Mary Bethel (1908-1914).


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