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Ferndale in Humboldt County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Cape Mendocino Lighthouse Lenses

Humboldt County Fair

 
 
Cape Mendocino Lighthouse Lenses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2019
1. Cape Mendocino Lighthouse Lenses Marker
Inscription.  
The 780 prisms and fresnel lenses in this replica of the original Cape Mendocino Light House were hand ground in France, shipped around Cape Horn and originally place in operation at Cape Mendocino in 1868. The entire mechanical gear and prisms were moved to the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in 1948.
Dedicated after 102 years of faithful service, on August 1, 1970, by the Native Sons of the Golden West.
John H Hurts; Grand President
In Memory of James D. Phelan

 
Erected 1970 by Native Sons of the Golden West.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 40° 35.223′ N, 124° 15.892′ W. Marker is in Ferndale, California, in Humboldt County. Marker is on 5th Street near Van Ness Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1250 5th Street, Ferndale CA 95536, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First California Central Creamery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ferndale
Cape Mendocino Lighthouse Lenses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 10, 2019
2. Cape Mendocino Lighthouse Lenses Marker
Note: the Mendicino Lighthouse Lenses are no longer inside the replica lighthouse.
(approx. half a mile away); The Gazebo (approx. 0.7 miles away); Blackburn Law Office (approx. 0.7 miles away); "Poppa Joe's" (approx. 0.7 miles away); Our Centennial (approx. mile away); Ferndale Meat Market (approx. mile away); Ferndale Palace Saloon (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ferndale.
 
Also see . . .  Cape Mendicino Light. In 2008, a Coast Guard inspection of the lens resulted in negotiations for the continued housing of the lens in Ferndale. The "Save Our Lens" group of local citizens raised $100,000 to dismantle and store the lens. By agreement with the Coast Guard in early September 2012, the lens was disassembled and put in temporary storage while the Ferndale Museum is remodeled to display it. (Submitted on September 13, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 13, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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