Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse
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With a brick foundation 12 feet deep and 45 feet wide, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse soars 175 feet and is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and one of the tallest in the nation. The tower is 32 feet in diamete at it's base and tapers to 12 feet at the top. The bick walls are eight feet thick at the bottom and two feet thick at the top. It took one and a quarter million bricks and three years to build. In cluding the nine granite steps at the entrance, there are 203 steps to the gallery deck. The first beacon was a Fixed Order Fresnel lens, manufactured in Paris by Barbier et Fenestre and illiminated by a five concentric wick kerosene lantern whose light could be seen nearly 20 miles out to sea. In 1933, the Lighthouse was electrified, an the First Order lens was replaced with a Barbier,Benard, et Turenne Rotating Third Order Fresnel lens.
The days of the blue uniformed lighthouse keepers, checking their oil supply and slowly climbing the tower to clean the lens, have passed forever, yet their lighthouse remains. Step back in time and experience what it was like living at this remote location back in the late 1800's. You are visiting one of the few Light Stations in the United States with all of the origianl keepers' dwellings and support buildings intact. Completed in 1887, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station is a National Historic Landmark and has, for over 100 years, guided mariners safely to their destinations.
On our way from Saint Augustine to Ponce de Leon lighthouse we had to go threw Daytona Beach, we had no idea it was Bike Week. Thousnds upon Thousands of bikes everywhere. At Daytona International Speedway they where having a huge bike show, the parking lots where full!!!