Photo: Stan Beckstrom
Characteristics: Flashing white light every twenty seconds.
Height: 157 feet, 204 steps
DayMark: Conical brick tower, lower half white, upper half black.
History: Constructed 1857-58. First Lighted July 1, 1858
Lens: Original: First-order Fresnel lens; L. Sautter 1858; Second-order bivalve lins; Henry-LePaute (circa 1910, removed in 1984). Present: DCB 24-inch rotating beacon. Focal Plane: 151 feet.
Construction: Builder: Under supervision of engineers at Fort Jefferson. Brick, conical tower constructed of brick with granite steps; iron.
Other Buildings: Former kitchen, 1926 dwelling, cisterns, attached oil house.
24 38 00 N
82 55 12 W
Operated by: United States Coast Guard
Visit Status: Grounds Only
Facilities: None, no handicap access, Gift Shop
Visitor Info: Grounds only, access by boat or sea plane from Key West. Periodically opened by park rangers.
National Park Service
Paul Taylor, Supervisory Ranger
P.O. Box 6208
Key West, FL 33041
If you would like to talk to a park ranger with questions about Dry Tortugas National Park, you can call the main park number at 305-242-7700. You may also leave a voice mail at the prompt and a ranger will return your call as soon as they are available.
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