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Anacapa Island in Ventura County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Anacapa Island

 
 
Anacapa Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 18, 2019
1. Anacapa Island Marker
Inscription.  

"Mirage"

For thousands of years, the Chumash visited Anacapa Island, which was known to them as "Anyapakh,” meaning "mirage.” The first European settlers, fishermen, and sheep ranchers arrived in the 1800s. The Coast Guard built the last permanent light station on the west coast in 1932. Protection for the island began in 1938 when Anacapa Island (along with Santa Barbara Island) became a national monument. In 1980 it was designated as part of Channel Islands National Park. The island waters are protected by the National Park Service, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and the State of California.

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Twelve miles from the mainland, Anacapa Island emerges from the ocean as five-mile-long volcanic rock divided into three islets - East, Middle, and West. Waves have eroded the island, creating towering sea cliffs, sea caves, and natural bridges, such as 40-foot-high Arch Rock - a symbol of Anacapa Island and Channel Islands National Park. The island provides critically important habitat for endemic plants and animals, pinnipeds, and seabirds, including
Anacapa Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 18, 2019
2. Anacapa Island Marker
the largest California brown pelican rookery in the United States.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 34° 0.928′ N, 119° 21.815′ W. Marker is in Anacapa Island, California, in Ventura County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ventura CA 93001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Flood of 1997: A Destructive Force (approx. 11.4 miles away); "La Jenelle" (approx. 12.4 miles away); Point Hueneme Lighthouse (approx. 12 miles away); Alaska Flight 261 Memorial (approx. 13.1 miles away); Bank of Hueneme (approx. 13.2 miles away); Hueneme Slough (approx. 13 miles away); Olive (approx. 14.4 miles away); Petre Ranch House (approx. 16.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is located near the Anacapa Island visitor center, and an identical marker is located near the boat dock. From the dock there is a set of 157 steps that take you to the island plateau 200 feet above sea level. There is no entrance fee to the park itself, but the boat ride is not free.
 
Also see . . .  Channel Islands National Park. (Submitted on October 19, 2019.)
 
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Anacapa Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 18, 2019
3. Anacapa Island Marker
The buildings were part of a Coast Guard station.
Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 18, 2019
4. Lighthouse
The Coast Guard built the last permanent light station on the west coast in 1932.
Inspiration Point image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 18, 2019
5. Inspiration Point
Looking west at Middle Anacapa and West Anacapa, with Santa Cruz Island on the horizon.
Arch Rock image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, October 18, 2019
6. Arch Rock
Symbol of Anacapa Island and Channel Islands National Park. The mainland is visible in the background, 12 miles away.
 

More. Search the internet for Anacapa Island.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 19, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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