Charlotte Harbor Light

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Charlotte Harbor Light
The Charlotte Harbor lighthouse (from U.S. Coast Guard archives)
Charlotte Harbor Light is located in Florida
Charlotte Harbor Light
Location Charlotte Harbor, on the channel to Punta Gorda, Florida
Coordinates 26°46′33″N 82°8′31″W / 26.77583°N 82.14194°W / 26.77583; -82.14194Coordinates: 26°46′33″N 82°8′31″W / 26.77583°N 82.14194°W / 26.77583; -82.14194
Year first lit 1890
Automated 1918
Deactivated 1943
Foundation iron pilings
Construction wood
Tower shape square house
Original lens fifth-order Fresnel lens
ARLHS number USA-157[1]

The Charlotte Harbor Light was placed at a bend in the deeper part of Charlotte Harbor to guide ships to the railroad docks in Punta Gorda, Florida. Punta Gorda lost importance as a port when railroad lines reached Boca Grande on the southern end of Gasparilla Island at the entrance to Charlotte Harbor in 1906. The lighthouse steadily deteriorated and had to be demolished in 1943. The iron pilings were removed in 1975.[2]


  1. ^ Charlotte Harbor Light Lighthouse Explorer. Retrieved 1 July 2016
  2. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Florida". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office.