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Name: Pensacola Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Pensacola, Florida, United States

Location: Entrance to Pensacola Bay

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Photo: Alan Culley
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Managing Organization:
Pensacola Lighthouse & Museum


Contact Address Information:
2081 Radford Blvd.
Florida, 32508,

Tower Height: 150

Height of Focal Plane: 191

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 20 seconds.

Description of Tower: Conical brick tower, bottom part white and upper part black.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Two-story brick keeper's house.

Earlier Towers?
1824: 40-foot tower (built by Winslow Lewis, first lighted December 20, 1824.

Date Established: 1824

Date Present Tower Built: 1859

Date Automated: 1965

Optics: 1859: First-order Fresnel lens, still in use.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

The former keeper’s dwelling houses the Navy’s Command Display Center, with exhibits on the history of the lighthouse and Naval Air Station. The Pensacola Lighthouse is open for tours from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The last tour begins at 3:30. Special group arrangements can be made with the Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers. Tours are free. Children under 6 are not allowed to climb the tower. For more information call 850-453-8282 or 850-675-5305.

Route 295 leads to the Naval Air Station, where you can receive directions to the lighthouse.

Keepers: Jeremiah Ingraham (1824-1840, died in service); Michaela Penalber Ingraham (widow of Jeremiah Ingraham, 1840-1855), Joseph F. Palmes (or Palmer or Palmers) (1858-1861), Robert McCormack (1863-?).

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