Crooked River Light
Crooked River Light
|Year first constructed||1895|
|Construction||wrought iron skeletal tower|
|Tower shape||square pyramidal skeletal tower with central cylinder, balcony and lantern|
|Markings / pattern||white lower half tower, red upper half tower, black lantern|
|Tower height||100 feet (30 m)|
|Focal height||115 feet (35 m)|
|Original lens||fourth order Fresnel lens|
|Range||17 nautical miles (31 km; 20 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl (2) W 15s.|
|Managing agent||Carrabelle Lighthouse Association|
|Heritage||place listed on the National Register of Historic Places|
Crooked River Lighthouse
|Nearest city||Carrabelle, Florida|
|Area||less than one acre|
|NRHP reference #||78000941|
|Added to NRHP||December 1, 1978|
The Crooked River Light, also known as the Carrabelle Light, was built in 1895 to replace the Dog Island Light on Dog Island, which had been destroyed in 1875 by a hurricane. The location on the mainland allowed the light to serve as the rear range light for the channel to the west of Dog Island, used by ships in the lumber trade.
The Crooked River Lighthouse, built in 1895, replaced three lighthouses on Dog Island that over the years were destroyed by storms. The lightstation grounds originally included a house for both the Keeper and the Assistant Keeper, and several outbuildings. At first the lighthouse was painted metallic brown, then the lower half was painted white, and finally the present daymark of the upper half red and the lower half white was chosen. After being electrified in 1933, the lighthouse was automated and unmanned in 1952. In 1964 the two houses and all outbuildings were sold and removed from the site. The original 4th Order lens was removed by the Coast Guard in 1976, due to mercury leakage in the float container. The lens was replaced by a modern optic and this beacon remained in operation until the lighthouse was decommissioned in 1995.
In 1999 the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association was formed to restore, preserve, and open the lighthouse to the public. This goal was achieved between 2007-2009. An acrylic replica of the original glass Fresnel lens was installed and the lighthouse serves as an aid to navigation once again.
- James A. Williams (1895 – 1906)
- Albert A. Williams (1906 – 1912)
- Carl Wilson (1913)
- Jefferson D. Miller (1913 – 1918)
- Milton E. Wheelock (1919)
- Thorwald Hansen (at least 1921 – at least 1945)
- Crooked River (Carrabelle) The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 1 July 2016
- Florida Historic Light Station Information & Photography United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 1 July 2016
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
- "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Florida". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved June 29, 2008.
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- Florida Lighthouse Page - Crooked River Lighthouse History - accessed June 9, 2008
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- Crooked River Lighthouse - City of Carrabelle - accessed November 3, 2009
- Photograph: "Sign: Crooked River Lighthouse History." - accessed November 14, 2010
- Crooked River Lighthouse - Carrabelle Lighthouse Association