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    Posted August 1, 2014 by
    Ponce Inlet, Florida
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    The lure of lighthouses

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    Ponce De Leon Inlet Light Station and Museum


    Our day out at the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse located in Ponce Inlet, Florida. This one of a kind lighthouse was established in 1887. We was able to climb the 203 steps to the gallery deck. The view was spectacular and we could see for miles. Later, we learned that the lighthouse stands a wopping one hundred seventy-five feet tall and is to be the tallest lighthouse in Florida. It was also neat to learn that the base of the lighthouse is 32 feet in diameter and tappers to 12 feet in diameter at the top. We also learned that at the base, the brick walls are 8 feet thick! Holy Smokes! The wall thickness also tappers to 2 feet thick at the top. The first becon was kerosene powered by five wick type lanterns behind a Fresnel Lens. The light produced was visible up to 20 mile out at sea. However, we also learned that in 1933 the lighthouse becon was changed to a barbier bulb when the lighthouse became electric powered. A third lighting change was made to the lighthouse that restored the Fresnel Lens that was powered by a 500 watt frosted bulb. That particular set up was said to only be seen 18 miles out at sea. Today the museum has updated the lighthouse to use a 1200 watt lamp. All in all one can not appreciate this lighthouse without the up close and personal visit offered by the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association. Standing outside looking up is as impressive as looking up the spiral stair case inside. Just standing in the lighthouse gives the you the wow feeling when you read a sign that says the lighthouse gets struck by lighting frequently during storms. This was a very exciting adventure for our family. I hope you too can one day visit this amazing place. --The Schoolcraft Family

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