Sombrero Key
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Sombrero Key Quick Facts

Year Station Established: 1858

Is the Light operational? Yes

Year Light First Lit: 1858

Year Automated: 1960

Shape: Octagonal Skeletal

Tower Height: 160   ft.

Original Optic: 1st Order, Fresnel

Present Optic: VRB-25 Solar

Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
     Year Constructed: 1858
      Number of Stories: 1
      Architectural Style: Integral
      Construction Materials: Cast Iron



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Sombrero Key Lighthouse
Near Marathon Key, Florida

Cyberlights Lighthouses - Sombrero Key Lighthouse

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Last Visited: January, 2001

History:
Sombrero Key Light is the tallest skeletal lighthouse of the six currently in the Florida reefs. As with the other skeletal towers along the coast, Sombrero Key has survived some of the mightiest storms to hit Florida. This is because of its skeletal design which allows the winds and surf to pass through it.

Sombrero Key Lighthouse also holds the distinction of being the most accident-prone lighthouse in all of Florida. Between 1873 and 1959 more people were killed or injured at this lighthouse than any other in Florida.

Source: Florida Keys Reef Lights Association

Latitude/Longitude: 24.632038,-81.113491

Nearest Address: 1090 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL

Directions:
  • The best place to view Sombrero Key lighthouse is from the northern end of the 7 Mile Bridge in Marathon.


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