Historic Light Station Information
& Photography
Middle Bay Light, circa late 19th century:  Note the keeper's wife standing in the open doorway, the curtain around the lens, and the small boat hanging from the station's davits.
Station Established: 1885
Year Current Tower(s) First Lit: 1885
Operational: No
Automated: Yes, in 1935
Deactivated: 1967
Foundation Materials: Screw piling with platform
Construction Materials: Wood
Tower Shape: Hexagonal without lantern
Markings/Pattern: White dwelling with red piles
Height: 41'
Relationship to Other Structure: Integral
Original Lens: Fourth Order, 1885
Characteristic: Fixed white varied by a red flash every 30 seconds
Fog Signal: Bell struck by machinery every 5 seconds
Historical Information:

  • The station was activated in 1885.
  • 1916 was a busy year. The keeper's wife gave birth to a baby that summer at the station. According to the Alabama Lighthouse Association web site the keeper brought a milk cow to the station and corralled it on a section of the lower deck because his wife was unable to nurse the newborn baby. All had to be evacuated when the station survived but was damaged by a hurricane that year.
  • The light was automated in 1935.
  • Lighthouse was deactivated in 1967.
  • In 1984 the lighthouse was stabilized by Middle Bay Light Centennial Commission in preparation for the centennial celebration.
  • Mobile Middle Bay Lighthouse was placed on National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Reference #74000429
  • In 1996 the Coast Guard loaned the Fresnel lens from the lighthouse to the Ft. Morgan Museum for public display.
  • In 2002 restoration efforts were begun to repair the light.

Middle Bay Light, circa 1950: photo dated December, 1950;  Note how the lantern room has been removed and replaced with a light on a pole. One of the screw-pile iron legs has been replaced with a heavy timber.
National Parks Service Architectural Drawings from 1966
National Parks Service Report from 1966