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Viva Florida - The St Augustine Lighthouse
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Towering above Anastasia Island, the St. Augustine Lighthouse is one of the most spectacular historic sites along Florida's Atlantic Coast.
The first light station on this site was established by order of Pedro Menendez de Aviles, founder of St. Augustine, shortly after the settlement was established in 1565. Sir Francis Drake, the notorious English "privateer," used the original signal as a guide during his raid against St. Augustine in 1586. The original wooden tower was replaced by a structure of coquina stone in 1683. Work on the St. Augustine Lighthouse we see today began in 1870 and the structure was completed in 1874. The original coquina lighthouse collapsed soon after the new structure was completed.
The lighthouse was operated by keepers who lived in structures on the grounds until 1955, when the light was automated. Visitors can now climb to the top of the tower and take in a spectacular view of the surrounding area.
June 19th, 2013
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