SABINE PASS LIGHTHOUSE
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December 10th, 2006 – by: furiousfowl
ok now this light was difficult to get to. it was a 3 mile off road drive and some areas was muddy and I had to avoid construction going on as well. no fun dodging graders and earth movers in a small 4 door Saturn. but I had fun getting there, took a lot of pictures, but for some reason cant find them all on my CD's. anyway's Sabine pass is next to port Arthur Texas and they build and repair oil platforms there. it was a pretty cool drive and scenic tour of this area
OK now a little history on this lighthouse......The Sabine Pass Lighthouse, one of only three built in the United States of similar design, went into operation in 1857. It remained lit for 95 years with the exception of a brief period during the Civil War when it was temporarily shut down.The light was permanently extinguished by the Coast Guard in 1952 when modern technology made it obsolete. The wharfs, keeper's house and wooden outbuilding have all been destroyed by marsh fire. The Lighthouse has since been entered into the National ReThe lighthouse was constructed in 1856 on a mud flat that was only 3 feet above high tide. It is constructed of brick, and because of the ground, has eight concrete buttresses to give it stability. There are four long buttresses, which extend 20 feet from the base and four smaller buttresses that extend about 18 feet from the outside wall. This gives it the appearance of a rocket ship. The tower has an octagonal shape and a height of 75 feet. The wall, at the base of the tower is one foot thick with an inside diameter of eight feet. The lighthouse was originally painted white. Then in the late 1930s, it was painted white with black stripes, which through the years have faded to a gray. The original lens was a third order Fresnel, which has long since been removed. The keepers quarters burned in 1976.
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