Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Paddling to the Sabine Pass Lighthouse

A small contingent of Pelican Paddlers trekked to the tiny Texas town of Sabine Pass today to explore the long-defunct lighthouse that marks the far southwest corner of Louisiana. For my non-local readers, the Sabine River is the dividing line between Louisiana and Texas. We put in at Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site, a pleasant park with lots of historical placards about the site’s role in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War II. There’s also a statue of someone (?), ammo bunkers, a nice boat launch, and clean restrooms.

We paddled across the Sabine channel – a daring feat on a sunny summer Saturday morning. Between the giant oil tankers, shrimp boats, and day trippers in their speed boats, traversing the channel can be a challenge. But once across, we turned right into a quiet little bayou flanked by marsh grass leading to the lighthouse. The neglected brick structure can only be reached by boat.

Peering into the doorway, you see the rusty pole which once held the spiral staircase to the top of the light. All the stairs have fallen off this center pole and now lie in a heap at the base of the building. The light went into service in 1857 and was decommissioned in 1952.

These pillars once supported the lighthouse keeper’s home.

Read more on the history of this lighthouse here.


Jan Rider Newman said...

Angie, your exploits cease to amaze me! Sounds like a wonderful morning.

Angie Kay Dilmore said...

Thanks, Jan! I do enjoy finding fun interesting things to do.

Jody said...

Sorry, I commented on the wrong post earlier. Thought you might be interested in a site I found that has some great regional history.

William T. Block - The Skirmish at Sabine Lighthouse

William T. Block was a writer for some local papers and writes a lot about east Texas and western Louisiana history. He's got some fascinating stories in there.

Billy L said...

I visited this lighthouse about four years ago. At that time, many of the stairs were broken, but some still remained. It's sad to see they've all broken off now. I hate to see the condition this light is in. Thanks for this update!

Angie Kay Dilmore said...

You're welcome, Billy. Thanks for reading my blog and for commenting. Yes, it is sad to see it in such bad shape.