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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fort Point Lighthouse, San Francisco, California

The Fort Point Lighthouse is a small pyramidal cast iron skeletal tower that sits atop Fort Winfield under the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. The station was established in 1855 and the current lighthouse was build in 1864. The station has been inactive since 1934. Unfortunately I was only able to get one poor photo of the light during my trip to the area in September 2016.

Lime Point Lighthouse, Marin County, California

The Lime Point Lighthouse sits on the point at the base of the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County near Sausalito, California. It is not far from Fort Baker in the Golden Gate Recreation Area. The station was established as a fog signal in 1883. The current one story building dates to 1900 and when built a beacon was affixed to the top of it. The light remains an active aid to navigation. Photos taken in September 2016.Bottom photo shows proximity to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Alcatraz Island Lighthouse, San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, California

The Alcatraz Island Lightouse sits on Alcatraz Island in the middle of San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, California. The island is much more famous for the maximum security prison that was built there and housed many notorious criminals when it was in operation(1933 - 1963). The island is federal land and tours of the island and prison are a popular tourist attraction in San Francisco. The light station was established on the island in 1854 with the current light dating to 1909. The light is an 84 foot tall concrete octagonal pyramidal Tower. The station also has a fog signal.  The light remains active as an aid to navigation. There was a keeper's house however it was destroyed by fire during the Native American occupation and protests in 1970. Photos taken in September 2016.

Race Rocks Lighthouse, Sooke, British Columbia

The Race Rocks Lighthouse sits on the Race Rocks a group of rocks just off the Southern coast of Vancouver Island near Sooke, British Columbia. The light station was established there in 1860. It is a 80 foot tall round stone tower painted black and white with a red roof on the light tower. It was restored in 2009. The area around the lighthouse is Race Rocks Marine Protected area and permission is required to land on the island. The light remains an active aid to navigation. The somewhat distant photos were taken in September 2016.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Faro Blanco Lighthouse (Faux Lighthouse), Marathon, Florida

The Faro Blanco Lighthouse was constructed privately in 1950. It is not an official aid to navigation, however has an active light and has been used as an aid for pleasure craft coming to the adjacent marina. The light was severely damaged by Hurricane Donna in 1960 and again by Hurricane Wilma in 2005 to the point where it was condemned. It has been restored and is now part of the Faro Blanco Resort and Yacht Club and the dock master's office is located inside the tower. It can be found on the gulf side of Marathon Key adjacent to Palm Island.The tower is 65 feet tall and is painted red and white with the name 
Faro Blanco on it. Photos taken in August 2016

Kissimmee Lighthouse, Kissimmee, Florida

The Kissimmee Lighthouse is owned and maintained by the City of Kissimmee found on a small man made peninsula in Lakefront Park on the shore of Lake Tohopekaliga. The light is active and the lighthouse was constructed in 1999. The tower is made of brick and stands 22 feet tall. The light assists pleasure craft on the lake to the nearby marina. Photo taken in August 2016.