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We were picked up at the marina for a 10 minute boat ride to the lighthouse.

We were picked up at the marina for a 10 minute boat ride to the lighthouse.

Now privately owned, it is the only lighthouse on the Texas Coast that is staffed and operated 24 hours a day.

Now privately owned, it is the only lighthouse on the Texas Coast that is staffed and operated 24 hours a day.

Walking past the first building, which is the on-site keeper's house.

Walking past the first building, which is the on-site keeper's house.

The beautifully renovated main guest quarters.

The beautifully renovated main guest quarters.

Additional, smaller guest quarters directly across from the lighthouse.

Additional, smaller guest quarters directly across from the lighthouse.

Standing in front of the smaller guest quarters, looking back towards the main guest quarters.

Standing in front of the smaller guest quarters, looking back towards the main guest quarters.

Looking down at the base of the lighthouse from the smaller guest quarters.

Looking down at the base of the lighthouse from the smaller guest quarters.

Beautiful old door and hardware.

Beautiful old door and hardware.

White ibis in the distance.

White ibis in the distance.

Looking back towards the dock, with the main guest quarters on the right.

Looking back towards the dock, with the main guest quarters on the right.

The porch of the main guest quarters, a great place to enjoy our picnic supper!

The porch of the main guest quarters, a great place to enjoy our picnic supper!

In 1955, after no government entities were interested in the abandoned Aransas Pass Lighthouse, it was sold into private hands.

In 1955, after no government entities were interested  in the abandoned Aransas Pass Lighthouse, it was sold into private hands.

Charles Butt purchased the property in 1973 and oversaw its restoration.

Charles Butt purchased the property in 1973 and oversaw its restoration.

We climbed to the top, a modern light comes on automatically every evening.

We climbed to the top, a modern light comes on automatically every evening.

View from the top, we chose not to go through the trap door out onto the ledge.

View from the top, we chose not to go through the trap door out onto the ledge.

Headed down, the tower is supported by a solid metal center pole.

Headed down, the tower is supported by a solid metal center pole.

Brick wear was obvious, specialists were due to inspect the tower the day after we visited.

Brick wear was obvious, specialists were due to inspect the tower the day after we visited.

The view from part way up the tower.

The view from part way up the tower.

Safely down, it was an interesting walk on the spiral staircase.

Safely down, it was an interesting walk on the spiral staircase.

Late afternoon view of the structures.

Late afternoon view of the structures.