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Barataria Bay Lighthouse

Nov. 5, 2019
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Barataria Bay Lighthouse (Bayou Barataria Bay Light), Isle Grand Terre, entrance to Barataria Bay, Louisiana

BAYOU BARATARIA BAY LIGHT

Location: BARATARIA BAY, GULF OF MEXICO, NEAR NEW ORLEANS, LA
Station Established: 1857
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1897
Operational? NO
Automated? 1973
Deactivated: 1945
Foundation Materials: UNKNOWN
Construction Materials: WOODEN
Tower Shape: SQUARE PYRAMIDAL SKELETAL TOWER
Markings/Pattern: UNKNOWN
Relationship to Other Structure: SEPARATE
Original Lens: FOURTH ORDER FRESNEL

Historical Information:

  • The light station was established in 1857. An octagonal brick tower was built at the site. That light was destroyed in a hurricane in 1893.
  • In 1897 a square pyramidal skeletal tower was built. It was 66 feet tall.
  • It was deactivated in 1945. The tower was destroyed at an unknown date.

Researched and written by Melissa Buckler, a volunteer through the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society.