Anclote Keys Light

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Anclote Keys Light
USCG Anclote Keys Lighthouse.jpg
Anclote Keys lighthouse as it appeared in 2005
Anclote Keys Light is located in Florida
Anclote Keys Light
Location Anclote Key
Tarpon Springs
United states
Coordinates 28°10′1.3″N 82°50′41.0″W / 28.167028°N 82.844722°W / 28.167028; -82.844722Coordinates: 28°10′1.3″N 82°50′41.0″W / 28.167028°N 82.844722°W / 28.167028; -82.844722
Year first constructed 1887
Automated 1952
Deactivated 1985-2003
Foundation piling
Construction cast iron skeletal tower
Tower shape skeletal tower with central cylinder, balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern brown tower, black lantern
Height 102 feet (31 m)
Focal height 110 feet (34 m)
Original lens third-order Fresnel lens
Current lens fourth-order Fresnel lens (replica)
Range 19 nautical miles (35 km; 22 mi)
Characteristic Fl (4) W 30s.
Admiralty number J3273
ARLHS number USA-013
USCG number 3-1555[1]
Managing agent

Anclote Key Preserve State Park[2][3]

Anclote Key Lighthouse
Location Southern end of Anclote Key
Area less than one acre
Built 1887
Architect US Lighthouse Service
Architectural style Other, cast-iron Skeletal Structure
NRHP Reference # 99000410[4]
Added to NRHP April 1, 1999
Anclote Keys Lighthouse when it was still manned (by U.S. Coast Guard archives)

The Anclote Keys Light is 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 it 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 relighted using a reproduction fourth-order Fresnel lens. Anclote Key is accessible only by boat.[5][6][7]

It is listed as Anclote Key Light number 1555 in the USCG light lists.[8]


  • James Gardner (1887 – 1888)
  • Samuel E. Hope, Jr. (1888 – 1889)
  • James M. Baggett (1889 – 1891)
  • Robert S. Meyer (1891 – 1914)
  • Thomas A. Moody (1914 – 1923)
  • Robert S. Meyer (1923 – 1933),
  • James L. Pippin (1933 – at least 1949)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lighthouses Directory
  2. ^ Anclote Key The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 28 June 2016
  3. ^ Florida Historic Light Station Information & Photography United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 28 June 2016
  4. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  5. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Florida". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Anclote Keys Lighthouse". Historic Lighthouse Publishers. Archived from the original on 15 December 2005. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Anclote Key Lighthouse Page". Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Light List, Volumes 1-7. United States Coast Guard. 

Further reading[edit]

  • McCarthy, Kevin M. 1990 Anclote Key Lighthouse. Florida Lighthouses. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, Florida.

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