U.S. Lighthouse Service

IMG_1744Did you know that Key West was a former home to the U.S. Lighthouse Service? It’s OK, I didn’t either! 🙂 This plaque made me do some on-line research and lo and behold it proves how much there is hidden deep in Key West history that most tourist never know about.

The U.S. Lighthouse Service was an agency from 1910 through 1939 that was responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of all lighthouses and light vessels in the United States. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty is actually considered a lighthouse? Well it is, in 1886 it was the first lighthouse to use electricity. Wow, now I’m impressed! 🙂

You can find this hidden Building No.1 plaque on the right hand side wall of the main entrance to Clinton Square. Don’t give up so quick if you don’t see it, look outside behind the plant and there she’ll be! Clinton Square (pictured below) is on the left hand side of the bigger and more famous Mallory Square.


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