Panel to discuss moving Middle Bay Lighthouse

Middle Bay Lighthouse
Middle Bay Lighthouse

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A historical panel meets next week to discuss moving the Middle Bay Lighthouse some 15 miles to Battleship Memorial Park, restoring it and putting it on permanent display.

The 124-year-old, storm-lashed lighthouse still stands in Mobile Bay a year after the Alabama Lighthouse Association called for moving it onshore.

The familiar landmark could be restored on dry land if the Alabama Historical Commission approves the move.

It meets on Tuesday. The Lighthouse Association has voluntarily helped maintain Middle Bay, which the Historical Commission owns.

The proposal calls for relocating Middle Bay with a crane and barge, then restoring it for visitors, at an estimated cost of $1.7 million.

The lighthouse was built in 1885 and sits in the Mobile Ship Channel.

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