About the author and "Lighthouses of Texas"

Steph McDougal, author

As a writer, historic preservation professional, and recreational sailor, I am fascinated by the history and science behind America's lighthouses and the U.S. Life Saving Service. The book Lighthouses of Texas, written for Arcadia Publishing, was a fun project that I hope will become a guidebook to travelers who would like to visit Texas and its remaining lighthouses, lighthouse-related museum exhibits, and other artifacts. In addition to the history and photos that make up most of the book, the final pages share a seven-day itinerary that will take you from Port Arthur, at the Louisiana border, to Port Isabel at the southern tip of the Lone Star State. Other fun lighthouse- related information and products are coming soon, so keep checking back!

— Steph

Steph McDougal writes about writing, the business of being an historic preservation professional, and America’s built heritage. An Ohio native with ties to New England, Steph now hangs her hat in Houston, Texas. Steph’s first published book is Lighthouses of Texas. She also contributed to Buildings of Texas: Volume 1 and has written journal articles and historical narratives. Steph remains enthralled by her first preservation love, America’s historic ballrooms of the Big Band era. Steph (with McDoux Preservation LLC) consults with nonprofit and government clients to help make their lives easier, and in her spare time, she is trying to get better at growing vegetables, sewing quilts, and playing bass guitar.