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American Shoal


Photo: Eric S Martin


Active: Yes

Characteristics: Three-group flashing white every 15-seconds with two red sectors.

Height: 124 feet

DayMark: Brown octagonal pyramidal skeletal tower enclosing white staricase and brown octagonal dwelling; screwpile foundation.

History: Constructed 1879 - 1880. First Lighted: July 15, 1880.

Lens: Original: 1st order revolving Fresnel lens (removed in 1980). Present: Vega VRB-25 revolving beacon; RACON. Focal Plane: 109 feet.

Construction: Builders: Phoenix Iron Co. Iron screwpile constructed of wrought iron.

     24 31 30 N
     81 31 12 W

Operated by: Untied States Coast Guard

Visit Status: Closed to public

Facilities: None, no handicap access

Visitor Info: From Sugarloaf Key the lighthouse is approachable by boat and can be seen from shore. The Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation has been formed to promote the establishment of a lighthouse museum with eventual lighthouse tours and access.


Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation, Inc.
1067 Drift Creek Cove
Orlando, FL  32828

Email: Info@ReefLights.org
Website: www.ReefLights.org

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