Anclote Keys Light
|Anclote Keys lighthouse as it appeared in 2005|
|Location||Anclote Key at the mouth of the Anclote River, near Tarpon Springs, Florida|
|Year first lit||1887|
|Deactivated||1984, reactivated 2003|
|Tower shape||brown skeletal tower with central cylinder and black lantern|
|Height||110 feet (34 m)|
|Original lens||third-order Fresnel lens|
|Current lens||fourth-order Fresnel lens (reproduction)|
|Range||19 nautical miles (35 km; 22 mi)|
|Characteristic||White, Flashing group of 4, every 30 sec|
Anclote Key Lighthouse
|Location||Southern end of Anclote Key Island, Anclote Key Island, Florida|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architectural style||Other, cast-iron Skeletal Structure|
|NRHP Reference #||99000410|
|Added to NRHP||April 1, 1999|
The Anclote Keys Light was a lighthouse built in 1887 on Anclote Key, the largest of the Anclote Keys. It is a skeletal square pyramidal tower, painted brown, with a black lantern. After the lighthouse was automated in 1952 the tower and other buildings at the site were often vandalized, interfering with the operation of the light. The Coast Guard determined that the light was no longer needed and deactivated in 1984. The site was eventually turned over to the State of Florida and added to Anclote Key Preserve State Park. As of 2003 the lighthouse has been restored and relit using a reproduction fourth-order Fresnel lens. Anclote Key is accessible only by boat.
It is listed as Anclote Key Light number 1555 in the USCG light lists.
- Anclote Key Lighthouse Page - accessed January 1, 2006
- Anclote Key Preserve State Park
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Florida". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved June 29, 2008.
- Anclote Keys Lighthouse - accessed January 1, 2006
- McCarthy, Kevin M. 1990 Anclote Key Lighthouse. Florida Lighthouses. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, Florida.
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