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Name: Cape Canaveral Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Cocoa Beach, Florida, United States

Location: Cape Canaveral, east coast of Florida, approximately midway between Miami and Jacksonville.


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Photo: Kenneth Kochel
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Managing Organization:
Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, Inc.

Website: http://www.capecanaverallighthousefoundation.com

Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 1978
Cape Canaveral
Florida, 32920, United States

Notes:
During the early years of America's space program, the top of the lighthouse was a favorite spot for rocket scientist Werner Von Braun to watch launchings. The ownership of the lighthouse has been transferred from the Coast Guard to the 45th Space Wing (United States Air Force) . It is hoped that the tower will be accessible to tours in the future.

Tower Height: 150

Height of Focal Plane: 137

Characteristic and Range: 2 white flashes (separated by 5 seconds) every 20 seconds.

Description of Tower: Conical cast iron tower with black and white horizontal bands.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Oil house (ruins), storage building.

Earlier Towers?
1848: 60-foot wooden tower.

Date Established: 1848

Date Present Tower Built: 1868

Tower Moved?
1894

Date Automated: 1960

Optics: 1868: First order Fresnel lens (on display at Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse); now DCB 224.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? No.

Directions:
The lighthouse is within the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It can be seen from guided bus tours. Call (321) 449-4444 for more information. Distant sightings of the lighthouse are also possible from the city of Cape Canaveral from the beach at the ends of several avenues with presidential names, beginning with Washington (south) to Polk (north). From John Warnick (1/2/02): A park has been open on the South side of Port Canaveral called Jetty Park. This park provides a view of the lighthouse, though binoculars are needed. There is a small fee to enter the park; once you are there you can walk out the fishing pier and look to the north. Directions to Jetty Park: Take SR 528 east into Canaveral; it will become US A1A (Astronaut Blvd.). Take a left at Central Blvd. West until you reach Atlantic Ave north. Take a left onto Atlantic Ave. north until you reach Jetty Drive. Take a right on Jetty Drive and pay the fee, and proceed to parking area and walk out on the fishing pier.

Keepers: Mills O. Burnham (1853-1886, died in service); George Quarterman (1886-?); James M. Knight (?); Baron Beecher Brown Jr. (Coast Guard, 1954-1955)

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