Frank's Island Lighthouse

Nov. 5, 2019

Frank's Island Lighthouse, entrance to the channel to the Mississippi River from the delta, North East Pass, Boothville, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana

Built in 1823.


Station Established: 1818 
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1823 
Operational? NO 
Automated? NO 
Deactivated: 1856 
Foundation Materials: 
Construction Materials: BRICK 
Tower Shape: 
Markings/Pattern: CONICAL 
Relationship to Other Structure: INTEGRAL 
Original Lens: 

Historical Information:

  • 1803 – Congress appropriated $25,000 for lighthouse on site; plans for the lighthouse were put on hold during the War of 1812.
  • 1816 – Henry Latrobe drew up blueprints for the lighthouse. Winslow Lewis built it. It was the first of 80 lighthouses that Winslow Lewis built for the United States.
  • Feb. 1818 – Materials were finally purchased to build the lighthouse.
  • January, 1819 – Lighthouse collapsed into the mud.
  • March, 1823 – Lighthouse completed with new plans. It was the tallest and most powerful lighthouse on the Gulf of Mexico up until 1858.
  • 1856 – Lighthouse replaced by light at Pass A L’Outre.
  • C. 2002 – Remains of lighthouse fell over.


  • John Gates – (1823 – unknown)
  • John Lory (unknown)
  • James Newman reports death of keeper (6/1831)
  • Henry R. Crask, Keeper 8/1833
  • John Lord, Keeper 10/1844
  • Henry Edgecomb appointed keeper 9/1849
  • James Davidson, 11/1855
  • James A. Lee removed (unknown date) because he was a "victim of demon rum".

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