Sand Island Lighthouse ~ Alabama

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This is a picture I took of the Sand Island Lighthouse long ago. The lighthouse was built in 1858. The lighthouse sat on about 400 acres of land off the coast of Alabama. By 1973 most of the land was gone and the keepers house, a smaller (second home built in 1901) burned down in 1973. The light sits on what is left of Sand Island, off the coast of Dauphin Island, Alabama. I lived on Dauphin Island from 1969 until 1979. There are hopes of doing a extensive restoration of the lighthouse. The Alabama Lighthouse Association supports the restoration of this historical landmark. I hope it will be saved. 1970's This is a picture I took long ago...


It was a picture of the Carnival Ship Elation passing the lighthouse.

This is a very special story to me. In 1969, when we moved to Dauphin Island Alabama,

we lived in a very old house on the east end of the Island. We could not see the lighthouse

from the kitchen window, but we could see the bay. My Mother looked out the window that afternoon and said "Look, that looks like a battle ship" Of course I knew she must

be mistaken. So, of course I had to look. She was right ! It was a Navy ship coming into Mobile Bay for Mardi Gras. It was big !! So when I saw this picture today on CNN, I wanted to capture that past memory. I hope the people all arrive safely. Oh the sights this old lighthouse has seen.

~Carnival Ship's Journey to Mobile~ To get into Mobile Bay, a ship must pass through a narrow pass, in between Dauphin Island~ Fort Gains on the west and Fort Morgan to the east. These Forts protected Mobile during the Civil War...

February 14th, 2013 ~ Gloria Jean Childers

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