Guánica Light

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Guánica Lighthouse
Guanica Light.JPG
ca. 1898
Guánica  Lighthouse is located in Puerto Rico
Guánica  Lighthouse
Guánica Lighthouse
Location Guánica, Puerto Rico
Coordinates 17°57′12″N 66°54′12″W / 17.95333°N 66.90333°W / 17.95333; -66.90333Coordinates: 17°57′12″N 66°54′12″W / 17.95333°N 66.90333°W / 17.95333; -66.90333
Year first lit 1893
Deactivated 1950
Construction Brick and cement blocks
Tower shape Octagonal
Original lens Sixth-order Fresnel
ARLHS number PUR 007
Faro de Guánica
Governing body U.S Coast Guard
MPS Lighthouse System of Puerto Rico TR
NRHP Reference # 77001549[1]

Guánica Light (Faro de Guánica) was a historic lighthouse located in the town of Guánica, Puerto Rico in the Guánica State Forest. It was first lit in 1893 and deactivated on 1950.[1] The light marked the entrance to Guánica Bay and bridge the gap between Los Morrillos Light and Caja de Muertos Light.

In July 1898, lighthouse keeper Robustiano Rivera spotted the convoy of the American forces that initiated the landing offensive of the Puerto Rican Campaign during the Spanish–American War. He immediately gave the alert to the residents of Guánica and marched to Yauco where he broke the news of the invading forces to the city's mayor.[2]

The lighthouse is practically in ruins, though some parts of its unique architectural elements are still visible.[3] It was listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1981.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Inventory of Historic Light Stations National Park Service". Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  2. ^ "El desembarco en Guánica". 1898 La Guerra Hispano Americana en Puerto Rico (in Spanish). Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  3. ^ "Lighthouses Friends". Retrieved 2009-05-06.