Cape St. George Lighthouse

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Saint George Island, United States

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The Leaning Tower of Florida Mar 04, 2011
We didn't pay to climb, but we did go to the visitor's center. This was a leaning lighthouse which eventually toppled and people have rebuilt it (much like they have done with Blackistone Lighthouse on St. Clements Island).

The lighthouse was originally built before the Civil war to facilitate cotton shipments to the port of Apalachicola. The lighthouse survived many storms, but it was on a barrier island, and barrier islands tend to migrate. The 1852 lighthouse originally stood over 500 yards from the Gulf, but by 1990 the beach erosion on the Gulf side of the island threatened the lighthouse. Hurricane Andrew removed most of the remaining buffer zone in 1992. The Coast Guard, realizing that the lighthouse might be lost, deactivated the light in 1994. Before the beach could build back up following Hurricane Andrew, Hurricane Opal struck in 1995. The resulting tidal surge swept around the lighthouse, forcing it off its piling foundation. As the lighthouse settled into the sand, the circular staircase was torn from the interior walls, and the tower developed a pronounced lean. Contractor Bill Grimes, armed with a backhoe took a low-tech approach towards saving the tower. He slowly excavated sand from beneath one side of the tower, and after many days the lighthouse started to settle back to vertical. Unfortunately in October 2005, years of stress on the leaning tower apparently became too much, as the lighthouse toppled into the Gulf.

That was not really the end. The St. George Lighthouse Association salvaged the remains of the lighthouse, and trucked them to Eastpoint. The tower was rebuilt based on original drawings obtained from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and was open for visitors in 2008. It has been reactivated and shows a white flash every 6 sseonds. The brick tower is painted white and the lantern is painted black.

It costs $5.00 for an adult to climb.
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