- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

CAMERON, La. (AP) - The Cameron Preservation Alliance is leading a campaign to restore the Sabine Pass Lighthouse and eventually make it a tourist attraction.

The lighthouse was built in 1856 and lit for the first time in 1857, according to KPLC-TV (http://bit.ly/1TUXLL5). The light was turned off for the last time in 1952, when modern technology made the facility obsolete.

Since then, the structure has been neglected. It has withstood multiple hurricanes.

Howard Romero and Andy Tingler are Johnson Bayou natives and members of the Cameron Preservation Alliance. The organization is trying to restore the structure and make it suitable for visitors.

“There’s always been an interest to me since I was little,” Tingler said. “It’s a part of the area history. It’s just something that really we’d like to see return to what it looked like in the ‘50s.”

It will cost about $2.5 million to stabilize the lighthouse. The group has created a GoFundMe account, hoping to raise at least half the money in order to apply for government grants to get the rest.

“I think it’s something for all to see and it would be a great visitation by a lot of people that would be interested in that, but I mean, it takes money to get there,” Romero said.

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