Alabama has several lighthouses in the state. One of these lighthouses is located just about three miles from the Mobile Bay area. It is the Sand Island Lighthouse. This is a very old lighthouse that has a lot of history surrounding its existence. Over the years, this lighthouse has been through many storms; and today it is being restored to preserve its history.
Alabama’s lighthouses were used to guide ships in and out of the Bay area. Each lighthouse had to have a person in charge to operate it to keep the seafarers safe. Often the lighthouse keepers would also live there. The lights from the lighthouses could be seen from several miles to guide the ships back in to port.
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One of the main lighthouses used for shippers before it suffered damage during the war, was the Mobile Point Lighthouse. Another interesting lighthouse in Alabama is the Choctaw Point Lighthouse. This structure was in a location that proved to be a bad choice for ships since the bay’s channel was too narrow for the ships to navigate.
Alabama lighthouses played important roles in its history. They helped safely guide their seafarers back home. Some endured the ravages of the weather and the ravages of war, and some of the lighthouses had to have extensive renovations done to bring them back into shape. They are a part of Alabama’s history, and they should be preserved for everybody to see. Lighthouses are the beacon of light for seafarers.