Port Hueneme in Ventura County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Point Hueneme Lighthouse
Hueneme: “Resting Place”
In 1936, shoreline dredging commenced to create the deepwater Port of Hueneme. This forced the original Victorian structure to be moved across the harbor towards Silver Strand Beach. In less than three years, the lighthouse was demolished due to damage and neglect.
The original 1897 Fresnel lens can still be seen in operation revolving inside the Point Hueneme Lighthouse tower.
Hueneme “Resting Place”
Sailing under the Spanish flag in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese sailor, sighted the present day harbors of San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Monterey. Sailing up the coast from San Pedro, Cabrillo痴 fleet is believed to have landed at Mugu Lagoon on October 10, 1542. Cabrillo named the place El Pueblo de las Canoas (the town of the Canoes) in honor of the large, skillfully crafted ocean canoes constructed by the local seafaring Chumash. When Cabrillo sailed by the small Chumash village near this site at Point Hueneme, he referred to it as Quelqueme, or Welweme, names likely learned from the Chumash at Mugu Lagoon. The phonetic spelling of Wene知u was later Anglicized to Wyneme in 1869 and finally to Hueneme in 1872.
The name, Hueneme or Wene知u, has been translated as “resting place” or possibly “half-way place” derived from the habit of the Chumash
Erected by City of Port Hueneme. (Marker Number 57.)
Location. 34° 8.698′ N, 119° 12.614′ W. Marker is in Port Hueneme, California, in Ventura County. Marker can be reached from Surfside Drive 0.6 miles west of Market Street, on the left when traveling west. Walk a half mile west from the intersection of Surfside Drive and Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Hueneme CA 93041, 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. "La Jenelle" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bank of Hueneme (approx. 0.7 miles away); Alaska Flight 261 Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Hueneme Slough (approx. 1.1 miles away); Olive (approx. 1.9 miles away); Petre Ranch House (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Oxnard Pagoda (approx. 4 miles away); F-14 Tomcat (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Hueneme.
Regarding Point Hueneme Lighthouse. The lighthouse is open for tours monthly on the third Saturday from 10-3.
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