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A Beacon in the Texas Night [QUIZ]

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Lighthouses have unique and exceptional stories to tell. According to the Texas State Historical Association, 90 lighthouses were built since 1811. Today in Texas, there are only seven surviving lighthouses. Can you match historical clues to each Lighthouse?

1. Completed in 1857, the original bricks were sent on a ship that had sunk. Even though the crew was rescued, the ship and the bricks were a loss. This lighthouse suffered severe damage in two hurricanes, the latter in 1919 just two days after the repairs were made from the first one. Today this structure is owned by Charles Butt of H-E-B.
1. Completed in 1857, the original bricks were sent on a ship that had sunk. Even though the crew was rescued, the ship and the bricks were a loss. This lighthouse suffered severe damage in two hurricanes, the latter in 1919 just two days after the repairs were made from the first one. Today this structure is owned by Charles Butt of H-E-B. Texas Lighthouses
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2. More than 120 people sought shelter in this 116’ lighthouse during the Hurricane of 1900. Another hurricane in 1915 caused more damage as it protected more than 60 people.
2. More than 120 people sought shelter in this 116’ lighthouse during the Hurricane of 1900. Another hurricane in 1915 caused more damage as it protected more than 60 people. Texas Lighthouses
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3. One of the most apparent strategies during the Civil War, forces from both sides fought by blocking supplies to each side to cripple troops. In 1863 Union forces took over much of this area and maintained it throughout the end of the war. Union and Confederate soldiers used this lighthouse as their observation area during the Civil War.
3. One of the most apparent strategies during the Civil War, forces from both sides fought by blocking supplies to each side to cripple troops. In 1863 Union forces took over much of this area and maintained it throughout the end of the war. Union and Confederate soldiers used this lighthouse as their observation area during the Civil War. Texas Lighthouses
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4. Known as the only surviving “screw-pile” lighthouse in the state, a mysterious death had occurred at this location. In 1933 right before Christmas keeper H.O. Welch made his final entry into the logbook. Right after the mystery appeared in the newspaper an update to the innkeepers death was reported. Mr. Welch’s body was found 12 miles from the lighthouse.
4. Known as the only surviving “screw-pile” lighthouse in the state, a mysterious death had occurred at this location. In 1933 right before Christmas keeper H.O. Welch made his final entry into the logbook. Right after the mystery appeared in the newspaper an update to the innkeepers death was reported. Mr. Welch’s body was found 12 miles from the lighthouse. Texas Lighthouses
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5. A barrier island is a small patch of land that is parallel to a coast line. Barrier islands usually protect the inland from strong storms. In 1886 a hurricane hit and caused severe damage to this lighthouse and wiped out the inland town of Indianola.
5. A barrier island is a small patch of land that is parallel to a coast line. Barrier islands usually protect the inland from strong storms. In 1886 a hurricane hit and caused severe damage to this lighthouse and wiped out the inland town of Indianola. Texas Lighthouses
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6. The need for easier cargo access to this bay called for the creation of man-made structures. Jetties were created in this busy bay to allow for the sediment to deposit further out into the bay allowing easier access to the island. Although this lighthouse toppled into the water during a storm in 2000, the lantern room can been seen at the entrance to a college on the island.
6. The need for easier cargo access to this bay called for the creation of man-made structures. Jetties were created in this busy bay to allow for the sediment to deposit further out into the bay allowing easier access to the island. Although this lighthouse toppled into the water during a storm in 2000, the lantern room can been seen at the entrance to a college on the island. Texas Lighthouses
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7. Located on the Texas and Louisiana border, referred to because of its resemblance to a “sparkplug”, the foundation of these types of structures is a caisson. The caisson had major cracks discovered by the Coast Guard in 2001. The top portion of this lighthouse was dismantled and is now on display in Bert Karrer Lions Park.
7. Located on the Texas and Louisiana border, referred to because of its resemblance to a “sparkplug”, the foundation of these types of structures is a caisson. The caisson had major cracks discovered by the Coast Guard in 2001. The top portion of this lighthouse was dismantled and is now on display in Bert Karrer Lions Park. Texas Lighthouses
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8. For more than 70 years this pyramid shaped iron skeleton tower was illuminated by a Fresnel lens before being bought and dismantled by a chemical company in 1967. The Fresnel lens is known for its shape and design that acts as a magnifying lens which intensifies the illumination.
8. For more than 70 years this pyramid shaped iron skeleton tower was illuminated by a Fresnel lens before being bought and dismantled by a chemical company in 1967. The Fresnel lens is known for its shape and design that acts as a magnifying lens which intensifies the illumination. Texas Lighthouses
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9. Located on South Padre Island and originally a screw-pile structure with three floors, the light is now on a Coast Guard building. The 1874 hurricane killed the keeper’s wife. In 1940 the tower to this structure burned down.
9. Located on South Padre Island and originally a screw-pile structure with three floors, the light is now on a Coast Guard building. The 1874 hurricane killed the keeper’s wife. In 1940 the tower to this structure burned down. Texas Lighthouses
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10. The original construction of this lighthouse just off the coast of Smith Point was in 1854. A replacement was constructed and manned in 1900 to accommodate changes to the shipping channel, a shift in the sandbar in which both lighthouses are named after. The replacement lighthouse carried the same name but “Cut” was added. Due to this shift, the government had to dredge another channel, cutting through the sandbar.
10. The original construction of this lighthouse just off the coast of Smith Point was in 1854. A replacement was constructed and manned in 1900 to accommodate changes to the shipping channel, a shift in the sandbar in which both lighthouses are named after. The replacement lighthouse carried the same name but “Cut” was added. Due to this shift, the government had to dredge another channel, cutting through the sandbar. Texas Lighthouses
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