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Cape Canaveral Florida Lighthouse

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse
Historic Photographs

The first lighthouse on Cape Canaveral was a 65' brick tower completed in 1848. Since its light could only be seen from 10 miles at sea, construction of the present lighthouse began in 1859 and was completed in 1868. When assembled in 1868, the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse was the largest iron tower on the East Coast. The tower is 151' tall and the visual range is 22 nautical miles. During 1893-1894 it was disassembled and moved due to erosion and now stands about one mile inland from the eastern tip of the Cape.

The lighthouse is owned by the 45th Space Wing U.S. Air Force and is the only operational lighthouse in the United States that is owned by the U.S. Air Force.

Weekly Canaveral Lighthouse Tours
Canaveral Tours offers weekly excursion in small groups to tour The Canaveral Lighthouse, Historic Spaceflight Launch Complexes and exploration of Spaceflight programs. Tours are 3 1/2 hours and offered weekly. Check Calendar for available dates and times. Custom and private group tours are also available. Details and booking can be found at www.CanaveralLighthouse.Tours, by phone at 321-307-2900 and email at Contactus@Canaveral.Tours.


Yvonne Thornton's lighthouse pictures

3-  Lighthouse Complex circa 1920
Lighthouse Complex circa 1920

1-Florence Honeywell, Gertie - Ray Swanson
Florence Honeywell, Gertie & Ray Swanson

2-Capt. Clinton P. Honeywell
Capt. Clinton P. Honeywell

4- Clinton P. Honeywel as young man
Clinton P. Honeywel as young man

5- Honeywell Family - ClintonSr and Gertrude Gertie, Budd
Honeywell Family - Clinton, Sr. and Gertrude, Gertie, Budd

6- Delia Wilson
Delia Wilson

7- Florence Honeywell, Ages 9, 19 and 88
Florence Honeywell, Ages 9, 19 and 88

8-Ranson-children
Ranson children

9--Florence-Honeywell,-age-9
Florence-Honeywell,-age-9

10--Florence-Honeywell-age-19
Florence-Honeywell-age-19

11-Florence Honeywell Patrick  age 88.jpg
11-Florence Honeywell Patrick, age 88

12- Lighthouse Keepers Cottage
Lighthouse Keepers Cottage

13--Florence-Honeywell-James-Patrick-courting-in-Lighthouse
Florence Honeywell-James Patrick courting in Lighthouse

14-Clinton-Honeywell-jr-on-bolts-of-Lighthouse-original
Clinton Honeywell jr on bolts of Lighthouse

15--Picnic-in-1940s-at-Old-Site---Florence-Patrick-Gertie
Picnic in 1940s at Old Site--Florence-Patrick-Gertie

16--Six-Flags-of-different-fabric-to-test-salt-air
Six Flags of different fabric to test salt air

17--Malvina-Cook-Honeywell-Clinton's-mother--in-BaltimoreM
Malvina Cook Honeywell - Clinton's mother in Baltimore MD

18--Lighthouse
Lighthouse

19--Honeywell-children---Gertie-8-Florence-6
Honeywell-children: Gertie-8, Florence-6

20--Florence-Honeywell-on-sitting-cistern
Florence Honeywell sitting on cistern

21--Gertrude-&-Clinton-Honeywell-with-turtle
Gertrude & Clinton Honeywell with turtles

22--Gertrude-Honeywell-with-turtle
Gertrude Honeywell with turtle

23--Gertrude-Honeywell-on-far-right
Gertrude Honeywell on far right

24---Frances-Burnham--Henry-Wilson
Frances-Burnham & Henry-Wilson

25--Best-Friends--Virginia-Key--Florence-Honeywell
Best Friends: Virginia Key & Florence Honeywell

26--Virginia-Key---descendant-of-Francis-Scott-Key
Virginia Key: descendant of Francis- Scott Key

27--Gertrude-Honeywells-shell-handiwork
Gertrude Honeywells shell handiwork

28--survicors-of-Albert-Sopha-shipwreck-at-Lighthouse-storage
Survivors of Albert Sopha shipwreck at Lighthouse storage

29--Cat-named-Albert-given-Honeywell-children-by-shipwreck-
Cat- named Albert - given Honeywell children by shipwreck crew

30---Unknown hunters
Unknown hunters

31--Maybe-Robert-Burns-in-straw-hat
Maybe Robert Burns in straw hat

35--Unknown family portrait
Unknown family portrait

36--Clinton---Gertrude-Honeywell-with-baby-Gertie
Clinton & Gertrude Honeywell with baby Gertie

37--Gertrude-Honeywell-and-Buddy
Gertrude Honeywell & Buddy

38---Clinton-Buddy-Honeywell-Jr-in-Navy-with-rifle
Clinton Buddy Honeywell, Jr in Navy with rifle

39--Clinton-Honeywell-on-far-rigt
Clinton-Honeywell on far right

40--Clinton-Honeywell-on-visitors-motorcycle
Clinton Honeywell on visitors motorcycle

40--Clinton-Honeywell-on-visitors-motorcycle
Visitors to Lighthouse - Honeywell Quarterman

42---Henry-Wilson-first-Postmaster-at-Cape-Canaveral
Henry Wilson: first Postmaster at Cape Canaveral

43--Frances-Burnham-Wilson
Frances Burnham Wilson

44--Florence-Wilson-Quarterman
Florence Wilson Quarterman

45--Bus-at-Cape-Canaveral
Bus-at Cape Canaveral

46-Unknown-portrait
Unknown portrait

47--Gertrude-Honeywell-Swanson-in-hand-made-hat-dress
Gertrude Honeywell Swanson in hand made hat & dress

48- Husband & Virginia Key and Florence Honeywell Patrick
Husband & Virginia Key and Florence Honeywell Patrick

49--Gertrude-Honeywell-Swanson
Gertrude Honeywell Swanson

50--husband---Virginia-Key-and-Florence-Honeywell-Patrick
husband, Virginia Key & Florence Honeywell Patrick

50a--Lighthouse-in-1960s.jpg
Lighthouse in 1960s

51--Gertrude-Wilson-Honeywell-on-horse
Gertrude Wilson Honeywell on horse

52--Clinton-Honeywell-with-Black-Bear
Clinton Honeywell with Black Bear

53---Fish-Camp-at-Cape-Canaveral
Fish Camp at Cape Canaveral

54--Capt-Clinton-Honeywell
Capt. Clinton Honeywell

55--Lighthouse-Complex
Lighthouse Complex

56--Lighthouse---maybe-water-tower
Lighthouse -- maybe water tower

57--Lighthouse
Lighthouse

58-  O.F.Quarterman(2)  and Clinton Honeywell (5) with visit
O.F. Quarterman(2) and Clinton Honeywell (5) with visitors

59--Florence-Honeywell-Patrick-Buddy-Honeywell-Gertie-Hone
Florence Honeywell Patrick - Buddy Honeywell, Gertie Honeywell

62--Delia-Wilson-with-pet-dogs
Delia Wilson with pet dogs

63--Florence-Honeywell-in-high-school
Florence-Honeywell: in high school

64--Florence-Honeywell-Cocoa-High-graduation-photo-1929
Florence Honeywell: Cocoa High graduation photo - 1929

65---Florence-Honeywell-(4)-in-Cocoa-High-yearbook-THE-COCO
Florence Honeywell (4) in Cocoa High yearbook THE COCO

66--Maybe-high-school-play-ALL-OF-A-SUDDEN-PEGGY-with-Floren
Maybe high school play ALL OF A SUDDEN PEGGY with Florence

67--Lighthouse-with-Minuteman--rocket-launch
Lighthouse with Minuteman rocket launch

68--Florence-Honeywell-Cocoa-High-graduation-photo-1929
Florence-Honeywell-Cocoa-High-graduation-photo-1929

69--Cape-Canaveral-Pier
Cape Canaveral Pier

70--Clinton-Buddy-Honeywell-built-tricycle
Clinton Buddy Honeywell built tricycle

71--Young-Florence-Honeywell-and-sister-Gertie-Honeywell
Young Florence Honeywell and sister Gertie Honeywell

72--Young-Florence-Honeywell
Young Florence Honeywell

73--Clinton-Buddy-HOneywell-with-family-collie-dog-Ben
Clinton Buddy Honeywell with family collie- dog Ben


CAPE CANAVERAL LIGHTHOUSE

On May 21, 1838, Florida Territorial delegate Charles Downing requested a lighthouse be built on Cape Canaveral. The first lighthouse completed in Jan. 1848 stood 65-feet tall, had a 55 foot tower and a 10-foot lantern room equipped with 15 lamps on 21-inch reflectors. The brick tower and keeper's home cost under $13,300. Nathaniel Scobie oversaw construction and appointed the first keeper. With the advent of the Civil War, S. Mallory, Confederate Navy Secretary, ordered Florida east coast lighthouses "extinguished." Keeper Mills Burnham removed the lamp and buried it in his orange grove. A state-of-the-art, 151-foot iron tower was erected in 1868 and topped with a 1st Order Fresnel lens. The tower's living quarters were used for storage and a weather station. In 1871 a storm surge washed over the lighthouse area spoiling lamp oil and drinking water. This and shoreline erosion caused the lighthouse to be moved. From Oct. 1893 to Jul. 1894 the tower was dismantled, moved by tram one mile inland and re-erected, along with a 1st and 2nd assistant's and keeper's homes, to its present location. In 1939 the Coast Guard took ownership. In 2000 stewardship was transferred to the 45th Space Wing, Patrick Air Force Base.

A FLORIDA HERITAGE SITE
SPONSORED BY THE BREVARD COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION
THE BREVARD COUNTY TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL
AND THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF STATE
F-628   2008

Provided May 23, 2013 by
Eric Kucera, Volunteer Coordinator
Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation
volcoordinator@canaverallight.org 321-452-6660



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