Aerial view of the Sombrero Key Lighthouse - Monroe County, Florida

Aerial view of the Sombrero Key Lighthouse - Monroe County, Florida


Image Number

  • c019589

Year

  • 1954

Date Note

  • Photographed in August 1954.

Series Title

    Biography Note

  • Sombrero Key Lighthouse is situated on the reef near Marathon in the Florida Keys. Originally named by the Spanish sometime before 1760, Sombrero Key eroded over time and no longer exists. George Meade, later a Union general in the Civil War, selected this site for a lighthouse but a hurricane in 1856 destroyed the temporary construction platform. The lighthouse finally was completed in 1858. Keepers of this light suffered more accidents than at any other Florida lighthouse, including deaths in 1873, 1889, 1893 and 1959. The reef light stands 160 feet over the water. It is closed to the public, but the Key West Lighthouse Museum displays Sombrero Key Lighthouse's first-order Fresnel lens.

Photographer/Personal Author

Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 5 x 4 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Subject Corporate

Shelf Number

  • Shelf number: 37416.

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Chicago Manual of Style

Harrold, Andy. Aerial view of the Sombrero Key Lighthouse - Monroe County, Florida. 1954. Black & white photoprint, 5 x 4 in. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/56859>, accessed 26 July 2016.

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Harrold, Andy. Aerial view of the Sombrero Key Lighthouse - Monroe County, Florida. 1954. Black & white photoprint. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 26 Jul. 2016.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/56859>.

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(State Archives of Florida/Harrold)