Fort Point Light (Texas)

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Fort Point Light
Fort Point Light TX.PNG
Undated photograph of Fort Point Light in Texas (USCG)
Fort Point Light (Texas) is located in Texas
Fort Point Light (Texas)
Location Entrance to Galveston Bay, Texas
Coordinates 29°20′13″N 94°46′12″W / 29.337°N 94.770°W / 29.337; -94.770Coordinates: 29°20′13″N 94°46′12″W / 29.337°N 94.770°W / 29.337; -94.770
(approx.)
Year first constructed 1881
Year first lit 1882
Deactivated 1909
Foundation screw-pile
Construction cast-iron/wood
Tower shape hexagonal house
Height 47 feet (14 m)
Original lens Fourth order Fresnel lens
Characteristic Fixed white with several red and dark sectors
For the light in San Francisco, see Fort Point Light (California).

Fort Point Light was a lighthouse located on the south side of the entrance to Galveston Bay in Texas.

History[edit]

This light was not long-lived. Although the land was reserved for the Republic of Texas as far back as 1836, Congress did not appropriate construction funds until 1878, and the light was not completed until 1882. Eleven years later, the light was discontinued, but the station continued to serve as a fog signal until 1950, with the light being dismantled three years later. A modern beacon stands near the site as a range light for one of the large ship channel segments.

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