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Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
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A landmark in Tangipahoa Parish is emerging as the latest victim of Hurricane Isaac.

The Pass Manchac Lighthouse was based in the waterway that connects Lakes Maurepas and Pontchartrain, around the community of Manchac.

Now, 175 years of history sits crumbled in the water.

Al Dranguet, a professor of History and Political Science at Southeastern Louisiana University, said, 'The community that depended, for so many generations, on the light itself, as just a beacon for safety, is going to be sorely disappointed.'

When the structure was first put up in the 1800s, it was used to guide commercial boat traffic. Damage from the Civil War, and mother nature, led to heightening and rebuilding projects, which left the lighthouse sturdy for decades as a pinpoint for sportsmen and swampers living off the land. A twin still stands in Madisonville.

Robert Moreau with Southeastern's Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station, said, 'Lighthouses are one of those icons or structures that you can always gauge wetland loss by.'

And there's been a lot of it. That coupled with Hurricane Katrina put the lighthouse on its last leg and Isaac finally did it in, along with many of the camps around it.

Dranguet said, 'The lighthouse and its demise is just another casualty of our coastal erosion process and something needs to be done because we're going to lose more than lighthouses'

Even though this light house has been rebuilt after several events, there's a little hope that will happen again this time.

'It can be reclaimed and restored, but that would be a big effort and during these economic times, pretty difficult,' said Moreau.

The top part of the lighthouse, called the Lantern Room, was saved before Hurricane Katrina and is in the Maritime Museum in Madisonville.

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