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Lydia Ann Light

Identification

Lydia Ann Light
Aransas Pass Light
255126

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Structure in General

lighthouse
existing [completed]

Usages

ship guidance

Facts

  • The light first came on in 1857.
  • Located on the eastern side of Harbor Island. It is not open to the public.
  • The lens is now kept in the Port Aransas City Hall.
  • In 1972 the lighthouse was restored by then owner Charles C. Butt, the owner of HEB Grocery Stores Inc.
  • Lydia Ann Lighthouse is named in honor of its first keeper.
  • After the damage caused during the Civil War, the tower's brick shaft was reconstructed. The restoration was completed and the light came on again in June 15, 1867.
  • In 1862 during the Civil War a Confederate general and his men attempted to destroy the lighthouse by blowing it up with black powder.
  • The lighthouse was heavily damaged in 1916 by a hurricane; the lighthouse keeper's house was destroyed.
  • The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1952. Today the lighthouse is again in operation for navigation, courtesy of private funding.
  • In 1851 Congress approved $12,500 for funding of the lighthouse.
  • The lighthouse looks over the Lydia Ann Channel a few miles north of Port Aransas. It can be seen from Cotter Street in Port Aransas.

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Location

2 miles northeast on east end of Harbor Island
78336
Aransas Pass
Texas
U.S.A.

Technical Data

68.00 ft
1855
1972
$12,500
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