“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Port Lavaca in Calhoun County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Halfmoon Reef Lighthouse

Halfmoon Reef Lighthouse Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By Zacharias Beau T, May 31, 2011
1. Halfmoon Reef Lighthouse Historical Marker
This old building was visited by dozens of terrible hurricanes, Federal land and sea forces, and today scores of tourists everyday.
Inscription. Constructed in 1858, this three-story hexagonal lighthouse was originally located in Matagorda Bay, at the southern tip of Half Moon reef. The beacon served as an aid to ships trading in Port Lavaca and the nearby town of Indianola (14 mi. SE). During the Civil War the light was disabled by Confederate troops in an attempt to disrupt Federal efforts to capture southern blockade runners. The lighthouse was restored to full operation in 1868 and remained in service until 1943 when it was moved to Point Comfort (7 mi. NE). It was relocated here in 1979.
Erected 1980 by Texas Historical Commisson. (Marker Number 2332.)
Location. 28° 38.227′ N, 96° 37.059′ W. Marker is in Port Lavaca, Texas, in Calhoun County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 35 and State Highway 328 on State Highway 35. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Lavaca TX 77979, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Port Lavaca (here, next to this marker); Calhoun County Participation During World War II (approx. 1.7 miles away); Calhoun County Hurricanes (approx. 1.7 miles away); Howard Gallemore Hartzog, Sr. (approx. 1.7 miles away); Site of the Town of Linnville (approx. 2.2 miles away); Battle of Norris Bridge (approx. 4˝ miles away); Zimmerman Cemetery (approx. 7.9 miles away); Mrs. Angelina Bell Peyton Eberly (approx. 9.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Lavaca.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2012, by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas. This page has been viewed 517 times since then and 4 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on March 2, 2012, by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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