National Geographic : 1958 Jan
Herbert Wilburn, National Geographic Staff © N.G .S . Cape Florida Light Has Withstood Flames, Gunfire, and Hurricanes One of Miami's most colorful ties to its historic past, the 130-year-old light harks back to the days of pirates and ship wreckers. Rampaging Indians burned it during the Seminole War, marooning the keeper at the top. Federal gunboats shelled it in the Civil 60 War. No longer in use, the beaconless brick spire stands on the tip of Key Biscayne.