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Lighthouses of the Gulf Coast is a WSRE original documentary that tells the compelling stories of the graceful structures that symbolize the seafaring heritage of our region.
These "points of light" have marked safe passage for mariners since the early 19th century. In their heyday, they represented the state-of-the-art in technology, optics and coastal architecture, and were vital to commerce and transportation. Viewers will take a visual journey by boat to the critically endangered Sand Island and Middle Bay lighthouses in Mobile Bay, and will climb 177 steps to the top of the Pensacola Lighthouse, one of America's tallest. They will meet a man who grew up during the Great Depression helping his father tend the remote St. George Island light station, and will be introduced to the passionate preservationists who care for the St. George, Cape San Blas and Crooked River lighthouses along Florida's "Forgotten Coast." They will visit the scenic St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, which surrounds the oldest lighthouse still in operation on the Gulf Coast, the 1842 St. Marks Lighthouse on Apalachee Bay. Shot in high-definition video, the hour-long documentary details the history of these magnificent towers with archival photos, maps and paintings. Exclusively on WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast.
Lighthouses of the Gulf Coast Behind the Scenes Pictures