Crooked River Light

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Crooked River Light
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Crooked River Light
Crooked River Light is located in Florida
Crooked River Light
United States
Coordinates29°49′39″N 84°42′04″W / 29.82750°N 84.70111°W / 29.82750; -84.70111Coordinates: 29°49′39″N 84°42′04″W / 29.82750°N 84.70111°W / 29.82750; -84.70111
Year first constructed1895
Foundationconcrete base
Constructionwrought iron skeletal tower
Tower shapesquare pyramidal skeletal tower with central cylinder, balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite lower half tower, red upper half tower, black lantern
Tower height100 feet (30 m)
Focal height115 feet (35 m)
Original lensfourth order Fresnel lens
Range17 nautical miles (31 km; 20 mi)
CharacteristicFl (2) W 15s.
Admiralty numberJ3314
ARLHS numberUSA-205
USCG number4-0010
Managing agentCarrabelle Lighthouse Association[1][2]
Heritageplace listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata
Crooked River Lighthouse
Nearest cityCarrabelle, Florida
Arealess than one acre
NRHP reference #78000941[3]
Added to NRHPDecember 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.


Crooked River Light (by U.S. Coast Guard)

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.

Head keepers[edit]

  • 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)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Crooked River (Carrabelle) The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 1 July 2016
  2. ^ Florida Historic Light Station Information & Photography United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 1 July 2016
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.


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