In the lower of these two photographs is the corner of the Keeper's House.

All Photographs By: Keith W. Churill

Key West Lighthouse 

Key West, FL

Built: 1825, 1847, 1894

Construction: Cylindrical, Brick

Status: Inactive / Museum

Height: 66 / 86 feet 

Location: South end Key West, FL

Access: From U.S. 1, turn right onto North Roosevelt Blvd. which turns into Truman Ave. Continue to Whitehead Street and turn right. The lighthouse is located at the corner.

Fresnel Lens with one of two red panels.

Looking North toward the city docks.

Looking South during the 2001 APBA Offshore World Championships.

Lighthouse 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.

In 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.

Area 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

Photographer: Merle Bishop

Keeper's Quarters

Photographer: Merle Bishop

Looking out the Port Hole toward the city docks.


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