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[photo] Point Isabel Lighthouse
Courtesy of Texas Parks & Wildlife--better image being emailed by Andrea
Because of increasing maritime traffic through the Brazos-Santiago Pass, near the mouth of the Rio Grande on the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Department of the Treasury constructed the Point Isabel Lighthouse in 1852. The 82-foot tower is constructed of brick with a light that can be seen for 15 miles. It remains one of the oldest functioning lighthouses on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Point Isabel Lighthouse is located at 421 East Queen Isabella Blvd., on the Lower Laguna Madre in the City of Port Isabel, approximately 26 miles east of U.S. Hwy. 77/83 on State Hwy. 100. It is open 10:00am to 6:00pm Sunday-Thursday and 11:00am to 8:00pm Saturday during the summer; from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily in the winter. There is a fee for admission. The last ticket is sold one hour prior to closing. Visit the lighthouse's website or call 956-943-2262 for more information. Point Isabel Lighthouse has also been documented by the Historic American Buildings Survey.


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