Ponce De Leon Light, FL.

Dawn - November 2, 1887

“So Many Problems, So Many Ways”

All lighthouses had their problems during construction, but the light tower at Mosquito Inlet encountered more than its share. It started immediately with the drowning death of Chief Engineer Gen. Orville Babcock on June 2, 1884, five days before actual construction started. Over the next 40 months difficulties would include bad weather, insects, appropriation hold ups, wrecked supply ships, labor disputes, personal conflicts, and an earthquake. Regardless, the tower was lit on Nov. 1, 1887, leaving an impressive legacy to all those involved.

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