Charlotte Harbor Light

Charlotte Harbor Light
Charlotte Harbor Light
The Charlotte Harbor lighthouse (from U.S. Coast Guard archives)
Location Charlotte Harbor, on the channel to Punta Gorda, Florida
Coordinates Est.26°46′33″N 82°8′31″W / 26.77583°N 82.14194°W / 26.77583; -82.14194
Year first lit 1890
Automated 1918
Deactivated 1943
Foundation iron pilings
Construction wood
Tower shape square house
Original lens fifth-order Fresnel lens

The Charlotte Harbor Light was placed at a bend in the deeper part of Charlotte Harbor to guide ships to the railroad docks in Punta Gorda, Florida. Punta Gorda lost importance as a port when railroad lines reached Boca Grande on the southern end of Gasparilla Island at the entrance to Charlotte Harbor in 1906. The lighthouse steadily deteriorated and had to be demolished in 1943. The iron pilings were removed in 1975.


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