Happy National Lighthouse Day! On August 7, 1789, the Federal Government took over the responsibility for building and maintaining lighthouses in the United States. More than 30 still operate in Florida today, including several offshore lighthouses in South Florida.
Alligator Reef Lighthouse, near Indian Key, 1873
Sketch of Fowey Rocks Lighthouse, near Cape Florida, 1890
Carysfort Reef Lighthouse, near Key Largo, ca. 1900
Pacific Reef Lighthouse, near Elliot Key, ca. 1950
Aerial view of the Sombrero Key Lighthouse, near Key Vaca, 1954
Aerial view of Sand Key Lighthouse, near Key West, 1989