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Storm Destroys Galveston Jetty Lighthouse

Was on Lighthouse Digest’s Doomsday List

By Timothy Harrison

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The Galveston Jetty Lighthouse, (Texas), just days away from being saved by a local businessman, was destroyed in a storm, leaving nothing but mangled twisted steel.

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All that remains of the Galveston (Texas) Jetty ...
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Steven Powell, who visited the site and filed this report, said locals were speculating that the storm, which caused the lighthouse to collapse, also had spawned waterspouts. With the steel supports so rusted, the lighthouse stood no chance against the strong winds of the storm which also caused heavy damage to the area.

Seeing the remains of the lighthouse, Powell said he recalled the following words that he had seen at a Nature Conservancy Preserve not long ago, “People protect what they love. People love what they know. People know what they are taught.” He said apparently the Galveston Jetty Light was not a loved lighthouse.

About six months ago Jim Croft, a local businessman, came up with a plan to move the Galveston Jetty Lighthouse to the Galveston Island State Park and have it turned into a museum and interpretative center. Rumor has it that the barge to move the lighthouse was only days away from arriving at the site when the storm hit.

Another American Lighthouse has been lost forever.

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