History: In 1825, the first lighthouse was
constructed in Key West at Whitehead Point. The tower stood 65 feet tall
and was destroyed by a hurricane in 1846. Fourteen of the people, that
had entered the lighthouse to ride-out the storm, lost their lives.
1826 a new lighthouse had been completed on higher ground standing 66
feet tall. This brick structure was reworked in 1894 to add 20 feet to
it's height. Now standing 86 feet tall, it produced an un-obstructed red
& white constant beacon with a lens focal plane of 96 feet.
Attractions: This lighthouse and keeper's quarters can be visited
and toured year-round. Lighthouse and Museum hours are 9:00 a.m. till
5:00 p.m. daily. The island of Key West offers much to do and see. The
entire length of Duval Street is full of shops, restaurants and clubs
with an aquarium, museum and much more to see at the North end. Near the
lighthouse is Ernest Hemingway's house, open for tours. A majority of
the island attractions are within walking distance. Mopeds (which can be
rented) are the common mode of transportation around the island.
Key West Lighthouse
938 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL
phone# (305) 294-0012