Sabine Pass in Jefferson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Sabine Bank Lighthouse
The lighthouse was fabricated in Detroit, Michigan and shipped to Sabine by railway in 1904. After the cast iron plate caisson was partially assembled it was towed offshore and completed on a shallow shoal. On March 15, 1906, service began on the lighthouse, and it was manned until automated in 1923.
Located in Texas waters, it was named the 18-Mile Lighthouse by the Sabine pilots, that being the distance from their station, which was at that time on the channel due east of this park.
During WWII the lighthouse became a coastal outpost manned by the U.S. Coast Guard. After the war it was again automated and served as a navigational aid until it was declared obsolete and in 2002 contracted for removal. To preserve a part of maritime history, R.L. "Gabby" Eldridge and William D. "Bill" Quick acquired, refurbished, and placed this structure here in May 2004.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 15, 1906.
Location. 29° 44.088′ N, 93° 53.632′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sabine Pass TX 77655, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Melvin Gillette (here, next to this marker); 1886 Hurricane at Sabine Pass (here, next to this marker); City of Sabine and Sabine Pass (a few steps from this marker); Spaight's 11th Battalion (a few steps from this marker); Fort Sabine (a few steps from this marker); Sabine Pass World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Sabine Pass Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Dick Dowling (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sabine Pass.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 14, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 111 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 14, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. 3. submitted on June 15, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.