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Name: Matagorda Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Port O'Connor, Texas, United States

Location: Matagorda Bay, Gulf of Mexico.


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Photo: William R. Moore, Jr.

Managing Organization:
Matagorda Island Foundation

Website: http://www.matagordalighthouse.com

Contact Address Information:
5858 Westheimer, Suite 400
Houston
Texas, 77057, United States

Notes:
Responsibility for this lighthouse has been transferred to Calhoun County. A year-long, $1.23 million renovation project was completed in the spring of 2004. The funding came from a federal grant secured through the Texas Department of Transportation and private donations raised by the Matagorda Island Foundation. Future plans include the reconstruction of the keeper's house to serve as a visitor information center.

Tower Height: 79

Height of Focal Plane: 90

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 3 seconds.

Description of Tower: Black, conical cast iron tower.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1852

Date Present Tower Built: 1852

Tower Moved?
1873

Date Deactivated: 1995-1999

Optics: 1852: Third order Fresnel lens (now at Calhoun County Historical Museum in Port Lavaca); now 250 mm optic, solar powered.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

Directions:
The lighthouse is located in Matagorda Island State Park. Matagorda Island is accessible via ferry (45 minutes) from Port O'Connor. Call (361) 983-2215 for schedules and reservations.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Capt. James E. Cummings (1852 - 1st Keeper); Theodore Olsen (?-1918)

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