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Near Richmond in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

East Brother Light Station

 
 
East Brother Light Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, circa 1989
1. East Brother Light Station Marker
Inscription.  
Constructed in 1873-74, East Brothers Light Station is the older of only two remaining light stations of San Francisco Bay that have remained substantially unchanged. The original 5th order classical (Fresnel) lens was replaced with the present beacon when the station was automated in 1969 after 95 years of operation by keepers of the Lighthouse Service and later the U.S. Coast Guard. In 1971 East Brothers Light Station was entered on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 1980, after ten years of benign neglect, rehabilitation was begun with the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard, a matching grant from the Department of the Interior, Heritage Conservation and Recreation Services under the Provisions of the National Historic Presentation Act of 1966, the California State Office of Historic Preservation, and the efforts of hundreds of individuals who generously contributed their labor and resources to preserve this landmark for the enjoyment and benefit of the public.

Dedicated to the brave and faithful men and women of the U.S. Lighthouse Service and the U.S. Coast Guard.
 
Erected

East Brother Light Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
2. East Brother Light Station Marker
1980 by Native Sons of the Golden West.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists.
 
Location. 37° 57.794′ N, 122° 25.999′ W. Marker is near Richmond, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from Stenmark Drive. The East Brothers Light Station is on an island in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond CA 94801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Junk Grace Quan (approx. 3 miles away); China Camp (approx. 3 miles away); Wa Jen Ha Lio (approx. 3.1 miles away); First City Hall of Richmond (approx. 3.6 miles away); Bank of Richmond (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Critchett Hotel (approx. 3.6 miles away); "The Sentinel" (approx. 3.6 miles away); Women's Westside Improvement Club (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. East Brother Island Light. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on January 14, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. East Brother Light Station Bed and Breakfast. In 1971 a trust took over the property and the now automated lighthouse,
Panoramic view of East Brother Island Light Station image. Click for full size.
via Wikipedia, unknown
3. Panoramic view of East Brother Island Light Station
it opened as a bed and breakfast in 1980. You can choose from a number of rooms all with views of the Bay. Walter’s Room is notable because it is located in the old foghorn tower and is the closest to the sea.
(Submitted on January 12, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 12, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   3. submitted on January 14, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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