Histories of local lighthouses- the Cape San Blas Lighthouse

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:30 AM.

Editor’s note: This is another in a continuing series on local pioneers and local history. This is the last story looking at the beginnings, the building specifications, for lighthouses in the area.

These next few weeks, I'll be sharing some letters about our local lighthouses.

This could not have been completed without giving "thanks" first to Mark Curenton and the Apalachicola Historical Society. Several years ago Mark let Marlene Womack and I go through boxes of old papers found in the cottage at the Raney House in Apalachicola.

These boxes covered many areas of local history, one folder covering our lighthouses, and I was lucky enough to get the chance to copy these files.

Two weeks ago we covered the Cape San Blas and the Cape St. George Lighthouses bids for rebuilding the lighthouses, this week, I'm sharing you letters from the descriptions/blue prints of how they wanted the houses and towers to be built.

As I said in the last story, both buildings were built alike.

“Superintendents were expected to oversee the actual construction of lighthouses, and ensure they were repaired when necessary. They would also mediate conflicts and deal directly, when necessary, with lighthouse keepers. Each superintendent was required to submit a yearly report detailing the status of light stations in his charge.”



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