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Name: Bolivar Point Light  

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Also known as: Point Bolivar Light

Also known as: Bolivar Light

Nearest Town or City:
Bolivar, Texas, United States

Location: Galveston Bay, Gulf of Mexico.

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Photo: William R. Moore, Jr.
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Managing Organization:
Private owner

This lighthouse was sold into private hands in 1947. In 1968 a movie called "My Sweet Charlie" with Patty Duke was filmed at the lighthouse.

Height of Focal Plane: 117

Description of Tower: Conical brick tower sheathed in iron plates.

This light is not operational

Earlier Towers?
1852: 65-foot cast iron tower, raised to 90 feet in 1858. 1865: Temporary 34-foot wooden tower.

Date Established: 1852

Date Present Tower Built: 1872

Date Deactivated: 1933

Optics: 1852: Multiple lamps and reflectors; 1858: Third order Fresnel lens; 1865: Fourth order Fresnel lens; 1872: Third order Fresnel lens; 1881: Second order Fresnel lens; 1907: Third order Fresnel lens (now at Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.).

Current Use: Privately owned.

Open To Public? No.

The lighthouse is near Highway 87 in Bolivar. It can be seen from the Bolivar-Galveston ferry.

Keepers: Harry C. Claiborne (1873-1918); J. B. Brooks (1918-?).


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