Punta Higuero Light

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Punta Higuero Lightouse
Faro de Rincon.jpg
Punta Higuero Lightouse is located in Puerto Rico
Punta Higuero Lightouse
Punta Higuero Lightouse
Location Rincón, Puerto Rico
Coordinates 18°21′43.3″N 67°16′15.5″W / 18.362028°N 67.270972°W / 18.362028; -67.270972Coordinates: 18°21′43.3″N 67°16′15.5″W / 18.362028°N 67.270972°W / 18.362028; -67.270972
Year first lit 1892
Automated 1933 [1]
Foundation Concrete
Construction Concrete
Tower shape Octagonal cylindrical
Markings / pattern Gray
Original lens Sixth order 1892
ARLHS number PUR-019
Faro de Punta Higuero
MPS Lighthouse System of Puerto Rico TR
NRHP Reference # 81000560 [2]

Punta Higuero Light, also known as Faro de Punta Higuero, is an historic lighthouse located in Rincón, Puerto Rico. The original building was built in 1892 by the Spanish government and was rebuilt in 1922 by the U.S Coast Guard.

In 1892 the original light was built as a fixed white 6th order station with a 6 mile range light beam. It had an Mediterranean appearance that came from an elaborate combination of exposed and indented brick work in the facades around doors and windows and corners.[3] The "castle" look was further emphasized by reddish stucco imitating stone-work on all facades and the very elaborate exposed brick cornice topped by a parapet built in lace-like brick-work. The lighthouse was severely damaged by the 1918 earthquake that struck the west part of the island.

The new light was placed in commission on January 12, 1922. The building suffered fire damage after the light was automated in 1933 and was later razed. The town of Rincón built El Faro Park around the lighthouse, a popular spot for surfing and whale watching.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Puerto Rico". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  2. ^ "Inventory of Historic Light Stations National Park Service". Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  3. ^ "National Park Service Historical Data". Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  4. ^ Franklin, Marie C. (2003-10-26). "Waves of pleasure in Rincon". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
Punta Higuero Light, ca 1898