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Pescadero in San Mateo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

 
 
State Historic Landmark 930 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mathew H. Kohnen
1. State Historic Landmark 930 Marker
Inscription. This brick lighthouse was built to incorporate a French first order Fresnel lens. Although no longer used, the lens is still operable in the lantern room. Previously the lens had been installed at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It first flashed over the Pacific in November 1872, and the lighthouse has served continuously without structural modifications since that time.
 
Erected 1980 by State Department of Parks and Recreation, United States Coast Guard,. (Marker Number 930.)
 
Location. 37° 10.914′ N, 122° 23.58′ W. Marker is in Pescadero, California, in San Mateo County. Marker can be reached from Pigeon Point Road near California Highway 1. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 910 Pigeon Point Rd., Pescadero CA 94060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Methodist Episcopal Church of Pescadero (approx. 4.7 miles away); a different marker also named Methodist Episcopal Church of Pescadero
Pigeon Point Lighthouse State Historic Park image. Click for full size.
By Mathew H. Kohnen, September 5, 2007
2. Pigeon Point Lighthouse State Historic Park
(approx. 4.8 miles away); Duarte's Tavern (approx. 4.9 miles away); First Congregational Church of Pescadero (approx. 5.1 miles away); Aņo Nuevo Island (approx. 6.4 miles away); Steele Ranch (approx. 6.4 miles away); Steele Brothers' Dairy Ranches (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pescadero.
 
More about this marker. Marker located on left side of entrance to light tower.
 
Regarding Pigeon Point Lighthouse. On December 22, 2001, The lighthouse tower was struck by lightning during a severe winter storm. The lightning strike caused structural damage to the tower forcing the suspension of tours of the tower until repairs can be made. A chain link fence surrounds the structure preventing entry of the tower by the general public. Tours of the grounds and the visitors center are still open to the public on most weekends. State Parks Dept. is currently raising funds for the repair of the lighthouse.
 
Additional comments.
Entrance to Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 20, 2009
3. Entrance to Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park

1. Lighthouse Damaged in 2001, Tower Closed to all visitors
On New Year's Eve, A severe winter storm passing thru the area damaged the Lighthouse tower at pigeon Point when Lightning struck the base of the watchroom external walkway, dislodging some of the brickwork and the walkway supports. Following a Coast Guard survey of the structure, the tower was closed to admission of the general public visitation. In November 2011, The First Order Fresnel Lens was removed from the tower and is now on display in the fog signal building. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted November 11, 2014, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California.

 
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Pigeon Point Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 20, 2009
4. Pigeon Point Lighthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 1,311 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 16, 2007, by Mathew H. Kohnen of San Jose, California.   3, 4. submitted on January 15, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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