From New Orleans to Georgia, visit lighthouses of all shapes and sizes. Learn how the Civil War impacted the staffing and closure of lighthouses.
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A little tired after a long drive, I welcomed the chance to sit down and draw the St. Simons lighthouse. As the sun was setting, a blaze of light bounced off the lighthouse. It seemed to refresh the lighthouse and me. For now the lighthouse was receiving light instead of giving it.
Built in 1867, the present-day lighthouse is the fourth lighthouse constructed. War and weather led to the demise of the previous lighthouses. The current lighthouse was constructed using part of the third lighthouse as its foundation.
Cars speed by on both sides of its median where the lighthouse is located. This lighthouse has survived over 20 hurricanes, the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement and Confederate protests since it was built in 1848.
New Canal Lighthouse suffered severe damage during Hurricane Katrina and also Hurricane Rita in 2005. However, the lighthouse was dismantled and a replica built. The wood from the 1890 lighthouse is incorporated into the present lighthouse. (www.saveourlake.org)
Built in 1855., this lighthouse "...looks completely lost and out of place in its landlocked surrounding, like a sad footnote from a bygone era. But changes are afoot for the old beacon," according to The Times-Picayne. The University of New Orleans has launched a campaign to save it.
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