Fire Destroys Old Buildings - Corpus Christi Times 8 Sept 1976
SABINE PASS (AP) - The 91-year-old keepers' house and several outbuildings at the historic Sabine Pass lighthouse were destroyed late Tuesday afternoon by a marsh fire. The 85-foot brick lighthofise tower, built in 1856, was not damaged. No effort was made to fight the marsh common occurrence in the grassy, coastal region. The lighthouse and buildings are on the Louisiana side, but can only be approached by shallow d r a f t boats from the Texas shore Sabine River. The surrounding area was also blackened marsh fires. The 10-room wooden house was built in 1887 replace an earlier building swept away in a hurricane. The tower served as a beacon on Texas-Louisiana coastal border until 1952. In recent years, the lighthouse and the buildings around it had suffered from neglect and vandalism. Vandals had even stolen the copper roof from the tower. Plans had been drawn up to make the lighthouse and the keepers' house into a tourist The house was to have been made into a museum. The Louisiana legislature, however, never considered bills to provide f u n d i n g for project.