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Name: Tortugas Harbor Light  

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Also known as: Garden Key Light

Also known as: Fort Jefferson Light

Nearest Town or City:
Key West, Florida, United States

Location: Garden Key in the Dry Tortugas.

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Photo: Judith Trotter
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Managing Organization:
Dry Tortugas National Park

Telephone: 305-242-7700


Contact Address Information:
P.O. Box 6208
Key West
Florida, 33041, United States

Fort Jefferson is America's largest 19th century coastal fort. The present lighthouse was built on a parapet of the fort in 1876.

Tower Height: 82

Height of Focal Plane: 86

Description of Tower: Black, cast iron hexagonal tower on wall of fort.

This light is operational

Earlier Towers?
1825: 75-foot brick tower; 1874: iron pole.

Date Established: 1825

Date Present Tower Built: 1876

Date Deactivated: 1921

Date Automated: 1912

Optics: 1858: Fourth order Fresnel lens; now three 75 watt lamps.

Current Use: Private aid to navigation, part of historic site.

Open To Public? Yes

Ft. Jefferson on Garden Key is open during daylight hours. Garden Key is accessible via the Dry Tortugas National Park Ferry to Fort Jefferson. Call 877-FASTCAT for details. The trips include a guided tour of the fort. The trip from Key West takes about 2 1/2 hours. Key West Sunny Days Catamarans also provides trips to Garden Key; call (305) 296-5556 or email for details.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: John Flaherty (1825-1826); Joseph Himmenez (1826-?).

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