Lighthouse Drawings in celebration of National Lighthouse Day

Thanks to lighthouse society member Drew Tomlin for bringing this article to my attention. The Society has most of these drawings in their digital archives available to members doing lighthouse research. In fact the next issue of THE KEEPER’S LOG will include an article on Alcatraz Light Station using some of these plans.

The Unwritten Record

National Lighthouse Day is August 7 and to celebrate, we’re highlighting some architectural drawings and maps relating to lighthouses from our holdings of the Records of the United States Coast Guard, Record Group 26.

Among these drawings are plans for the lighthouse at Alcatraz Island.  Yes, there’s more than a prison there!  The lighthouse at Alcatraz Island was the first lighthouse on the Pacific Coast, with the original building being completed in 1854.  The drawings below depict the second tower and dwelling as they were built in 1909, after the original building was torn down after suffering damage during the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

One of the more famous lighthouses in the United States, and also the tallest, is the lighthouse at Cape Hatteras, NC.  Its cylindrical shape with the lantern at the top and spiral stripes painted down its sides provide an iconic look at the architecture of many…

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