Fort Jefferson lighthouse - Garden Key, Florida

Fort Jefferson lighthouse - Garden Key, Florida


Image Number

  • C017875

Year

  • 1953

Date Note

  • Photographed in April 1953.

Series Title

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    Biography Note

  • In 1825, a 65-foot tall tower was completed on Bush Key, now called Garden Key, in the Dry Tortugas. Its light consisted of 23 lamps in 14-inch reflectors but, situated miles from the surrounding reefs, it soon caused mariners to complain that it was not bright enough. Construction began in 1847 on Fort Jefferson, which covered the entire island and incorporated the lighthouse in its south wall. By 1856, a taller lighthouse was being constructed on nearby Loggerhead Key, and Garden Key light's first-order lens was installed there in 1858. The old lighthouse was reduced to a harbor light with a fourth-order lens. Damaged in a 1873 hurricane, it was replaced by a new tower built of boiler-plate iron on top of the fort's walls. After a 1912 fire in the keepers house, the light was automated until, in 1921, it was discontinued. Fort Jefferson, including the lighthouse, is a National Monument and is open to visitors.

Photographer/Personal Author

Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 10 x 8 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Subject Corporate

Shelf Number

  • Shelf number: 09503a.

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Johnson, Francis P. Fort Jefferson lighthouse - Garden Key, Florida. 1953. Black & white photoprint, 10 x 8 in. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/71516>, accessed 23 April 2019.

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Johnson, Francis P. Fort Jefferson lighthouse - Garden Key, Florida. 1953. Black & white photoprint. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 23 Apr. 2019.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/71516>.

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