Tortugas Harbor Light

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    Located at Ft. Jefferson on Garden Key, Dry Tortugas NP, FL

    The Garden Key Light, also known as the Tortugas Harbor Light, is located at Fort Jefferson, on Garden Key in the Dry Tortugas, Florida. The first lighthouse, started in 1824 and first lit in 1826, was a brick conical tower. The lighthouse and its outbuildings were the only structures on Garden Key until construction started on Fort Jefferson in 1846. Construction continued until 1861, but was never completed.

    In 1858 the Dry Tortugas lighthouse was built on a nearby island, and the first order Fresnel lens was moved there from the Garden Key lighthouse. The Garden Key lighthouse received a fourth order Fresnel lens, and became the harbor light for Fort Jefferson. In 1877 the brick tower was razed and replaced with a boilerplate iron tower on top of a stairwell in the fort (from Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia).

    Michael Pancier Photography, javadoug, and 7 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. ben cutshall photos 82 months ago | reply

      The composition is superb!

    2. randeclip 82 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot!
      I just love your colors!

    3. Michael Pancier Photography 82 months ago | reply

      this is cool. did you shoot the other lighthouse too?

      looks like the trip was well worth it

    4. Fraggle Red 82 months ago | reply

      Thanks everyone! ;-)

      Michael, I assume you mean the lighthouse on Loggerhead Key? You can just about make it out in the previous shot (if you few it in original size).

      The trip was definitely worth it, although I didn't have enough time to take photos, nowhere near enough time... :-(

    5. LebronPhoto 82 months ago | reply

      This location looks very interesting. Awesome colors in this series of photos.

    6. ronsho © 82 months ago | reply

      A gorgeous picture my friend !!
      I've just posted a photo of a wonderful lighthouse at Cape Cod.
      You are invited to take a look.

      This is a favorite!

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