LOGGERHEAD KEY LH

NGS PID:
TZ0063
Coordinates:
N 24.633356° W 82.920523°
Location:
Elevation:
Unknown
Type:
Landmark/Intersection Station
Setting:
Lighthouse
Year Established:
1875
Established By:
NGS
Status:
Recovered
Condition:
Good as of February 22, 2014

The lighthouse is visible from Garden Key, although it's tricky to spot and even trickier to photograph due to the haze from the persistent humid conditions here. The best view we found was from atop the northwest wall of Fort Jefferson. Although obviously we didn't visit Loggerhead Key to view the lighthouse up close, it is apparent from afar that the lighthouse, with its half-black/half-white paint job, matches the description in the 1938 recovery note.

The Dry Tortugas Light, as it is officially known, was first illuminated in 1858. The 1873 hurricane that destroyed the original Garden Key lighthouse inflicted severe damage on Loggerhead's light as well, but unlike Garden Key's light (which was destroyed and replaced with a shorter light atop the fort), Loggerhead's stayed in place with some major reinforcement of the top of the tower. The Dry Tortugas Light is still an active aid to navigation and is now owned by the National Park Service, although the Coast Guard maintains the operation of the light itself.

A report on the condition of this survey mark has been submitted to NGS.
NGS Landmark/Intersection Station LOGGERHEAD KEY LH
NGS Landmark/Intersection Station LOGGERHEAD KEY LH
The lighthouse is barely visible from the NW wall of the fort.
The lighthouse is barely visible from the NW wall of the fort.