San Diego in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Point Loma - The Early Years
• Despite the ruggedness of the journey, the view was rewarding, and the lighthouse grounds became a destination for weekend excursions. Just as they do today, visitors enjoyed the fine view of the harbor and the ocean.
• Shore whalers hunted gray whales off the coast from a station at Ballast Point from the 1850’s to the late 1880’s.
• Capt. Robert Israel was keeper of the lighthouse for nearly 20 years.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed Parks & Recreational Areas • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 2004.
Location. 32° 40.355′ N, 117° 14.445′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker can be reached from Humphreys Road just south of Cabrillo Memorial Drive, on the left when traveling south. Marker is located at the Cabrillo National Monument, along the walkway overlooking the lighthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego CA 92106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Point Loma Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); The Bayside Trail (here, next to this marker); Point Loma Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); The Civilian Conservation Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Army Radio Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Heart and Soul of Lighthouses (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Army Radio Station (about 500 feet away); Harbor Lights (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
Also see . . .
1. The Old Point Loma Lighthouse. The (Submitted on October 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. The Old Point Loma Lighthouse Gallery. (This link presents a collection of vintage Point Loma Lighthouse photographs) (Submitted on October 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Life at the Lighthouse - Family Memories. The Lighthouse was a bustling family home, with Captain Robert Decatur Israel's three boys and a niece all growing up there. The Israel’s lived and worked on Point Loma for 18 years, where they watched their children and grandchildren grow up. My great grandfather kept the Old Point Loma light longer than any other keeper, and he was also the last keeper. He extinguished the light for the last time in March 1891. (Submitted on October 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 3. submitted on February 16, 2022, by Adam Margolis of Mission Viejo, California. 4, 5. submitted on October 7, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.