Pass Manchac Light was a historic lighthouse in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, which was originally established in 1838, to mark the north side of the entrance to Pass Manchac, the channel between Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas. The fourth and last tower on this particular site was constructed in 1857 and was in service for 130 years. The first three had been built in 1838, 1842, and 1846, in each case requiring replacement due to poor construction and/or encroaching lake waters.[2][3][4][5][6]

Pass Manchac Light
LocationManchac, Tangipahoa Parish, US
Coordinates30°17′48″N 90°17′54″W / 30.29669°N 90.29825°W / 30.29669; -90.29825
Constructed1837 Edit this on Wikidata
Constructionstone (foundation), brick (tower) Edit this on Wikidata
Automated1941 Edit this on Wikidata
Height40 ft (12 m) Edit this on Wikidata
Shapecylinder Edit this on Wikidata
Markingswhite Edit this on Wikidata
Fog signal1,200 pounds (540 kg) mechanical bell, 1898
First lit1857 Edit this on Wikidata
Deactivated1987 Edit this on Wikidata
Lensfourth order Fresnel lens Edit this on Wikidata
CharacteristicF R (–1865), F W (1865–) Edit this on Wikidata
Pass Manchac Light
Nearest cityPonchatoula, Louisiana
Arealess than one acre
Architectural styleMasonry lighthouse
NRHP reference No.86001554[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 9, 1986
Removed from NRHPJanuary 31, 2019
Active light Edit this at Wikidata
Constructed1987 Edit this on Wikidata

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The 1857 lighthouse, a brick cylinder with attached house, was damaged in the Civil War and during tropical storms in 1888, 1890, 1915, 1926, and 1931. The station was automated in 1941, and the keeper's house was removed in 1952, by which time the light was on an island instead of a peninsula.[3]

Pass Manchac Light was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. The light was functionally replaced in 1987 by the U.S. Coast Guard, which established a skeleton tower on the south side of the pass entrance.[2]

On August 28, 2012, Louisiana was struck by Hurricane Isaac, destroying the lighthouse. It was removed from the National Register in January 2019.

However, since February 2008 its lantern room – which was removed from the tower in 2002 for restoration – has been located at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, in Madisonville, Louisiana.[7]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas, 1/80,000". Chart. 11369. NOAA. 2005.
  3. ^ a b "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Louisiana". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Archived from the original on May 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "Pass Manchac Light". Inventory of Historic Light Stations: Louisiana Lighthouses. National Park Service. Retrieved January 12, 2010.
  5. ^ Rowlett, Russ (January 11, 2010). "Lighthouses of Louisiana". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  6. ^ Light List, Volume IV, Gulf of Mexico (PDF). Light List. United States Coast Guard. 2009. p. 86.
  7. ^ Pass Manchac at accessed 25 Mar 2015.
  8. ^ "Pass Manchac Lighthouse". LighthouseFriends.

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