Crescent City in Del Norte County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Battery Point Lighthouse
The Battery Point Lighthouse is one of the first lighthouses on the California Coast. Rugged mountains and unbridged rivers meant coastal travel was essential for the economic survival of this region. In 1855 Congress appropriated $15,000 for the construction of the light station, which was completed in 1856 by the U.S. Lighthouse Service. Theophilis Magruder was the station’s first keeper; Wayne Piland was its last before automation in 1953.
Erected 1987 by State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Del Norte County Historical Society. (Marker Number 951.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, and the Lighthouses series lists.
Location. 41° 44.652′ N, 124° 12.184′ W. Marker is in Crescent City, California, in Del Norte County. Marker can be reached from Lighthouse Way. Marker is affixed Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Crescent City CA 95531, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dedication to Henry Sause, Jr. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Remembering Billy Boone (approx. half a mile away); S.S. Emidio (approx. 0.6 miles away); Brother Jonathan Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Crescent City Tsunami, 1964 (approx. ¾ mile away); The Metcalf Grove (approx. 4.1 miles away); Simpson-Reed Discovery Trail (approx. 6.7 miles away); Simpson-Reed Grove (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crescent City.
Also see . . .
1. Battery Point Lighthouse.
The Lighthouse was first lit with oil lamps on December 10, 1856. The Lighthouse is also an active residence with lighthouse keeper. The Lighthouse and its museum is open to the public for tours including opportunities to look into the personal quarters of keepers and their families and the furniture and artifacts they have left behind since the 1850's (Submitted on March 3, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. US Lighthouses: Battery Point Lighthouse. The harbor at Crescent City was booming during the mid-1800s due to massive redwood trees. They were being harvested (Submitted on March 3, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Battery Point, Crescent City, Californa. Remarkably, the lighthouse was not harmed when Crescent City received the worst tsunami damage ever suffered along the west coast of the lower forty-eight states. On March 27, 1964, the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the northern hemisphere struck Alaska near Prince William Sound, generating a series of waves that raced south at a speed of nearly 600 mph. The waves reached Crescent City around midnight with crests of up to twenty feet. (Submitted on March 3, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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