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Sanibel in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sanibel Lighthouse

 
 
Sanibel Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By A. Taylor, circa October 9, 2008
1. Sanibel Lighthouse Marker
Inscription. The first permanent English-speaking settlers on Sanibel Island arrived from New York in 1833 as part of a colony planned by land investors. Although that settlement was short-lived, the initial colonists petitioned the U.S. government for the construction of a lighthouse on the island. No action was taken on that proposal at the time. By the late 1870's, sea-going commerce in the area had increased in volume. The U.S. Lighthouse Bureau took the initiative in requesting funds for a lighthouse for Sanibel Island, and in 1884, construction of the tower began. The station was lighted for the first time in August, 1884. The significance of the Sanibel Lighthouse lies in the regular and reliable service it has provided for travelers along Florida's West Coast. Since 1950, the U.S. Coast Guard property at the lighthouse has been a wildlife refuge.
 
Erected 1974 by Nicholas Meriwether Chapter N.S. Colonial Dames XVII Century in cooperation with Department of State. (Marker Number E-223.)
 
Location. 26° 27.176′ N, 82° 0.857′ W. Marker is in Sanibel, Florida, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from Periwinkle Way 1.7 miles east of Causeway Boulevard. Touch for map. Located under the lighthouse on the east
Sanibel Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By A. Taylor, October 9, 2008
2. Sanibel Lighthouse
Sanibel Lighthouse with the keeper's house and oil house.
end of the island. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel FL 33957, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Molluscan Reproduction and Egg Case (within shouting distance of this marker); The Beach is a wild place (within shouting distance of this marker); Sanibel & Everglades Restoration (within shouting distance of this marker); Sea Turtles on Sanibel (within shouting distance of this marker); Mollusks and the Environment (within shouting distance of this marker); Nature's Landlord (within shouting distance of this marker); People and Plants (approx. 5.4 miles away); Plants and Progress (approx. 5.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Coast Guard website's list of all Florida lighthouses. (Submitted on January 18, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Sanibel Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By A. Taylor, circa October 9, 2008
3. Sanibel Lighthouse
Sanibel Lighthouse as seen from the beach.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 18, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 71 times this year. Last updated on January 26, 2015, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 18, 2014, by A. Taylor of Laurel, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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