Florida: Cape Canaveral Lighthouse

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse

Cape Canaveral Fresnel Lens

Cape Canaveral Fresnel Lens Close-Up

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse has stood at its present location in Florida since 1894.  An outside stairway leads up to the original third level entrance.  After automation in 1993, its Fresnel lens was moved to Ponce Inlet Lighthouse Museum in Daytona Beach. The lens weighs 1 ton, is 12 feet tall, and produced a light that could be seen up to 22 miles away.

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse sits on restricted Government property, so tours were only available previously from 2011-2013 through Patrick Air Force Base – 45th Space Wing Tour Program.  Tours were suspended in June 2013 due to Government budget cuts.  As of January 8, 2016, tours resumed from Exploration Tower in Port Canaveral.  For information, go to: http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2015/12/30/cape-canaveral-lighthouse-begins-new-tours/77838060/  (phone Sunward Tours at 321-453-3994).  Bus tours are also available periodically through Kennedy Space Center (https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/). For current updates about the lighthouse, go to:  http://canaverallight.org/  

An outstanding book on the local history of Patrick Air Force Base (covering its beginning in World War II, including a description of enemy submarines offshore) is “Banana River” by Barbara Marriott at:  https://www.amazon.com/Banana-River-Stories-Diaries-World/dp/1624320066/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1509151348&sr=8-1&keywords=banana+river

A cute 1950’s spoof on the “launch” of the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse is at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLaMyg3rC0c

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

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