Lighthouses of Texas

Beginning in 1852, twenty-eight lighthouses were built along the Texas coastline, on land and over water. Lighthouse service was often a family affair, with husbands, wives, and children working together as keepers and assistants.

Author: Steph McDougal

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781467130912

Category: ARCHITECTURE

Page: 127

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Not long after winning their independence from Mexico in 1836, Texans began clamoring for lighthouses. Hundreds of miles of barrier islands, shifting sandbars, and shallow bays made the Texas coast treacherous at a time when few overland routes provided access to the new republic. Beginning in 1852, twenty-eight lighthouses were built along the Texas coastline, on land and over water. Lighthouse service was often a family affair, with husbands, wives, and children working together as keepers and assistants. For nearly 70 years, construction continued as coastal erosion, hurricanes, and wars regularly damaged or destroyed those lighthouses already built. These "sentinels of the sea" lessened but did not eliminate the chance of shipwreck, so lifesaving stations, manned by able seamen with unsinkable surfboats, were established as well. As Texas's lighthouses were gradually automated throughout the 20th century, many were sold to private owners or abandoned. Today, several have been restored, and two--at Aransas Pass and Port Isabel--still function as aids to navigation.
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Lighthouses of Texas

Gives the history of lighthouses in the state of Texas as well as the life and work of the keepers and their families.

Author: T. Lindsay Baker

Publisher: Texas A & M University Press

ISBN: UOM:39015022013034

Category: Lighthouses

Page: 128

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Gives the history of lighthouses in the state of Texas as well as the life and work of the keepers and their families.
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Lighthouses for Kids

Workers assemble the caisson for the Sabine Bank, Texas, Lighthouse. The structure no longer stands. U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office Workers build the second Minot's Ledge Lighthouse. U.S. Coast Guard. Examples: Mile Rock Lighthouse ...

Author: Katherine L. House

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 9781613740460

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

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Bringing to life an era when rivers, lakes, and oceans were the nation's highways and lighthouses served as traffic signals and maps, this comprehensive reference provides children with an in-depth history of lighthouses and firsthand stories of the challenges faced by lighthouse keepers. Filled with engaging activities such as learning how to tie a bowline knot and building a model lighthouse, this unique book also includes a field guide to U.S. lighthouses, places to visit, a time line, glossary, websites to explore, and a reading list for further study.
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Southern Lighthouses

POINT IS ABEL LIGHT Point Isabel , Texas – 1852 A. lso constructed in 1852 , a good year for lighthouses in Texas , the Point Isabel Light was erected on an old army camp used by the forces of General Zachary Taylor during the Mexican ...

Author: Ray Jones

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ISBN: 156440644X

Category: Travel

Page: 114

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From the Maryland shore to the Florida Panhandle and across the Gulf Coast, the 50 lighthouses profiled in this volume have stood sentinel through a thousand stormy nights. In magnificent photos and in fascinating narrative, this beautiful book captures the tumultuous history and enigmatic power of these life-saving beacons of the sea. 85 photos, 55 in color. 5 maps.
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Jokes Quotes and Other Assorted Things

She wrote, “We all live in Texas.” The sisters approached my friend and asked where the lighthouses were. When my friend tried to probe a little bit, the sisters told her, “Yeah, they're good-paying jobs and have lots of ads in the ...

Author: Stephen Motway

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781456825010

Category: Humor

Page: 546

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My First Pocket Guide About Texas

THE INSTITUTE OF TEXAN CULTURES The Arts Cowboys learn to rope and ride. They wear their boots and spurs. They'll wear a lasso by their side, and rustle up the restless herd. –Chad, a cowboy poet Seashores and Lighthouses Texas has one ...

Author: Carole Marsh

Publisher: Gallopade International

ISBN: 9780635089151

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

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The perfect reference guide for students in grades 3 and up - or anyone! This handy, easy-to-use reference guide is divided into seven color-coded sections which includes Texas basic facts, geography, history, people, places, nature and miscellaneous information. Each section is color coded for easy recognition. This Pocket Guide comes with complete and comprehensive facts ALL about Texas. Riddles, recipes, and surprising facts make this guide a delight! Texas Basics section explores your state's symbols and their special meaning. Texas Geography section digs up the what's where in Texas. Texas History section is like traveling through time to some of Texas's greatest moments. Texas People section introduces you to famous personalities and your next-door neighbors. Texas Places section shows you where you might enjoy your next family vacation. Texas Nature section tells what Mother Nature gave to Texas. Texas Miscellaneous section describes the real fun stuff ALL about Texas.
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American Lighthouses

Following the war, a yellow fever epidemic delayed reconstruction of the structure, which was sorely needed to guide ships into Galveston Bay. so severe was the outbreak that the government placed the Texas coast under quarantine.

Author: Ray Jones

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780762786206

Category: Travel

Page: 368

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A celebration of the great American lighthouses, their keepers, their histories, and their ongoing stories For more than two centuries, lighthouses have helped sailors find their way through treacherous waters, guiding them home or taking them safely through passages on their way to adventure. These historic towers and houses form a sparkling chain of lights along our coasts, a reminder of the past echoing with adventure and mystery, a lure for travelers looking for a glimpse into a romantic past. Completely revised and updated, American Lighthouses offers more than just a tour of 450 beautiful and historic navigational beacons dotting the coasts and lakes of the United States. This fully illustrated, one-of-a-kind handbook details their history and architecture and provides full information on visiting or viewing them. Included are many endangered lights, threatened by erosion or lack of funding, as well as “ghost lights,” which are no longer standing.
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