Lighthouses In The Desert On Arizona’s Lake Havasu

April 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Trail Boss News

A lighthouse in the desert seems as out of place as a cactus in the middle of the ocean, right? Maybe, but that isn’t stopping the sun-scorched community of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. from having 20 of them — with plans to add at least 15 more.

In the last 10 years, Lake Havasu City, a desert town of 52,527 located near the California border, has been putting up lighthouses all over the 40-mile-long reservoir that gives the city its name. The desert lighthouses are replicas of ones found in other parts of the country, according to Bob Keller, the official director of the Lake Havasu Lighthouse Club.

“We put the replicas of the East Coast lighthouses on the east side of the lake, and the ones from the west coast on the west side of the lake,” he told AOL Weird News. “Also, the lighthouses on the north part of the lake are replicas of ones found on the Great Lakes.”

Having the lighthouses look like the ones found in Maine, New Jersey or Oregon may be a little too “Epcot Center-y” for some. But Keller, who came up with the bright idea, says they serve a very real purpose.

“Accidents on the lake were always a problem at night,” he said. “For a long time, we tried to get the various jurisdictions to do something. We have nine gun-carrying authorities who can ticket you on the lake.”

But none of them wanted to shine a light on the problem until Keller suggested erecting “navigation lights” on the lake in 2000.



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