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Sabine Pass in Jefferson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Sabine Bank Lighthouse

 
 
Sabine Bank Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, June 10, 2018
1. Sabine Bank Lighthouse Marker
Inscription. This lantern and watchroom once made up the top 20 feet of the Sabine Bank lighthouse, which originally towered 72 feet above the water in the Gulf of Mexico.

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.
 
Erected 2004.
 
Location. 29° 44.088′ N, 93° 53.632′ W. Marker is in Sabine Pass, Texas, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Broadway Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is one of several located in Lions Community Park. Marker is in this post office area: Sabine Pass TX 77655, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1886 Hurricane at Sabine Pass
Sabine Bank Lighthouse Lantern and Watchroom image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, June 10, 2018
2. Sabine Bank Lighthouse Lantern and Watchroom
(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); Dick Dowling (approx. 0.2 miles away); Beach Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); Spanish-American War Fortifications (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Manhassett (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sabine Pass.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Sabine Bank Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of the Museum of the Gulf Coast and The Portal to Texas History
3. Sabine Bank Lighthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 35 times since then. 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.
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