Punta de las Figuras Light

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Punta de las Figuras Lighthouse
Faro Punta Figuras (Arecibo, Puerto Rico).jpg
Faro Punta de Las Figuras, ca 1898
Punta de las Figuras Lighthouse is located in Puerto Rico
Punta de las Figuras Lighthouse
Punta de las Figuras Lighthouse
Location Arroyo, Puerto Rico
Coordinates 17°57′18″N 66°2′50.5″W / 17.95500°N 66.047361°W / 17.95500; -66.047361Coordinates: 17°57′18″N 66°2′50.5″W / 17.95500°N 66.047361°W / 17.95500; -66.047361
Year first lit 1893
Deactivated 1938
Construction Brick and stone
Tower shape Octagonal tower on dwelling
Markings / pattern White with w/o lantern
Original lens Fifth order Fresnel 1893[1]
ARLHS number PUR 014
Faro Punta de las Figuras
Architectural style Neoclassic
Governing body Puerto Rico department of Natural Resources
MPS Lighthouse System of Puerto Rico TR
NRHP Reference # 81000687 [2]

Punta de las Figuras Light (Spanish: Faro Punta de las Figuras) is an historic lighthouse located in Arroyo, Puerto Rico. It was first lit by the Spanish government in 1893.[3] The light was relocated in 1938, and the structure was deactivated and abandoned. During World War II, the lighthouse was used as a lookout. After the U.S army abandoned the structure in 1963, the lighthouse was repeatedly vandalized. In 1969 the lens and lantern were destroyed.[4]

In 2003, the Puerto Rican government rehabilitated the lighthouse at a cost of two million dollars. The lighthouse is located at the entrance of the "Balneario Punta Guilarte" beach resort managed by the Puerto Rico National Parks Company.[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. ^ "Inventory of Historic Light Stations. National Park Service". Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Puerto Rico National Parks Company" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2009-03-26.