“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Point Vicente Lighthouse

Point Vicente Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk, January 9, 2008
1. Point Vicente Lighthouse Marker
Inscription. The site was explored by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo on Oct. 9, 1542, and named Pointe Vicente Bante Maria by Captain George Vancouver in 1793. Placed in service by the U.S. Lighthouse Service on May 1, 1926, it was renamed Point Vicente by the Pacific Geographical Society in 1933. Operation was transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard in 1939. Radio distress monitoring capability was added in 1942.
Erected 1979.
Location. 33° 44.512′ N, 118° 24.645′ W. Marker is in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Palos Verdes Drive West half a mile south of Hawthorne Boulevard. Touch for map. The plaque is located on the wall adjacent to the gate into the lighthouse grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 31550 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Palos Verdes Peninsula Habitat (approx. 1.8 miles away); Portuguese Bend (approx. 1.8 miles away); Santa Catalina Island (approx. 1.8 miles away); Villa Francesca (approx. 2.4 miles away); Portuguese Bend Whaling Station
Point Vicente Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Eric Polk, January 9, 2008
2. Point Vicente Lighthouse
The lighthouse as seen from the nearby Point Vicente Interpretive Center. As the light is on a Coast Guard Reservation, it is impossible to get close to the lighthouse.
(approx. 3.3 miles away); Site of the First Japanese American Farm on the Palos Verdes Peninsula (approx. 3.6 miles away); Edward A. DeVore, Jr. (approx. 6.1 miles away); Brian "Cody" Prosser (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Also see . . .  Sites of San Pedro. Photos and history of the lighthouse. (Submitted on May 2, 2011.) 
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Point Vicente Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
Union Oil Company's Natural Color Scenes of the West
3. Point Vicente Lighthouse
Description on postcard:
Point Vicente Lighthouse on the southwest tip of the Palos Verdes Peninsula offers unrestricted view of the Pacific Ocean to the west and south
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 2, 2011, by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California. This page has been viewed 754 times since then. Last updated on March 27, 2015, by Linda Walcroft of Strasburg, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 2, 2011, by Eric Polk of Lakewood, California.   3. submitted on May 5, 2011. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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