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Name: Dry Tortugas Light  

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Also known as: Loggerhead Key Light

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

Location: Loggerhead Key, far western end of Dry Tortugas.

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Managing Organization:
Dry Tortugas National Park

Telephone: 305-242-7700


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

This is the last lighthouse seen from ships heading from Key West into the Gulf of Mexico. The National Park Service maintains the buildings and grounds; the Coast Guard maintains the active optic.

Tower Height: 157

Height of Focal Plane: 151

Description of Tower: Conical brick tower, upper half black and lower half white.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1922 brick keeper's house, four cisterns, oil house, workroom, guest house, boathouse.

Date Established: 1858

Date Present Tower Built: 1858

Date Automated: 1988

Optics: 1858: First order Fresnel lens; 1909: Second order Fresnel lens; now VRB-25, solar powered. The Fresnel lens is on display at the U.S. Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Training School in Yorktown, VA.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? no


Dry Tortugas National Park is open all year; day use only is allowed on Loggerhead Key. This lighthouse can be seen from sightseeing flights offered by the Key West Air Service; call (305) 294-6978 for information. Seaplanes of Key West can also provide a view; call (305) 294-0709 or (800) 950-2359.

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