Taylorsport Lighthouse

Nov. 4, 2019

Taylorsport Lighthouse, Taylorsport, Illinois


Station Established: 1858
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1858
Operational? No
Deactivated: Yes. Date unknown.
Foundation Materials: Unknown
Construction Materials: Unknown
Tower Shape: Square:
Relationship to Other Structure: Attached
Original Lens: Unknown

Historical Information:

  • A lighthouse was constructed in 1855 to encourage investment in Taylorsport rather than St. Johns.
  • A lighthouse was built here to mark the area where steamers could take on more fuel. The light was first lit in 1858. Little is known about this light.
  • When ships changed from using cordwood fuel to coal fuel they no longer stopped at Taylorsport and eventually the light became unnecessary. It was discontinued at some unknown period.

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