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Old Point Loma Lighthouse

 
 
Old Point Loma Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2006
1. Old Point Loma Lighthouse Marker
Inscription. This lighthouse built in 1854, was one of the first eight lighthouses on the Pacific Coast. It continued in use until 1891, when the new Pelican Point Lighthouse began operating. The Point Loma Lighthouse became the site of the Cabrillo National Monument in 1913. During World War II the Navy used it as a signal tower. Restored by the National Park Service in 1984, it remains as a reminder of contribution of 19th Century Lighthouse Keepers and their families to California’s maritime past.
 
Erected 1988 by The State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with The National Park Service and Squibob Chapter, E. Vitus Clampus, April 16, 1988. (Marker Number 51.)
 
Location. 32° 40.356′ N, 117° 14.446′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Touch for map. Marker and site are located at the Cabrillo National Monument. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego CA 92106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harbor Lights (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cabrillo’s Ships (about 600 feet away); Stephen Tyng Mather (about 700 feet away);
Old Point Loma Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2006
2. Old Point Loma Lighthouse Marker
The National Register of Historic Places plaque is mounted above the marker
Joao Rodrigues Cabrilho 1542 (about 700 feet away); In Homage to the Spanish Expedition (about 700 feet away); Landing of Cabríllo (approx. 0.2 miles away); Point Loma (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Rosecrans (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
 
Regarding Old Point Loma Lighthouse. This site was originally designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No.51 December 6, 1932.
 
Also see . . .
1. National Park Service: The Old Point Loma Lighthouse. (Submitted on October 23, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Lets Go See It: Old Point Loma Lighthouse. (Submitted on October 23, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
3. National Park Service: The Old Point Loma Lighthouse. (Submitted on October 23, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Categories. ExplorationMan-Made Features
 
Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Assistant Keeper's Residence image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2006
3. Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Assistant Keeper's Residence
Old Point Loma Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2006
4. Old Point Loma Lighthouse
Old Point Loma Lighthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 23, 2009
5. Old Point Loma Lighthouse Marker
This is a bronze model of Old Point Loma Lighthouse buildings with the names also put into braille so all can touch and enjoy.
The Heart and Soul of a Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2006
6. The Heart and Soul of a Lighthouse
Since ancient times, lighthouses have been integral to the development of maritime commerce around the globe. With each voyage, mariners staked their cargoes and, indeed, their very lives on these lights. The story of lighthouses in the United States begins with the Boston Light in 1716.
The heart of the lighthouse is its lens and the lamp within. Nineteenth century lighthouse lenses are works of art in polished brass and glass. Throughout much of history, the soul of those lighthouses has been the keepers whose dedication and attention to detail kept the lights shining night after night.
This is the story of the lighthouses that have served on Point Loma, lighting the way into San Diego Harbor and keeping mariners safe, their jewel-like lenses and the keepers, assistant keepers and families who lived in and cared for them.
The Back of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2006
7. The Back of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse
Old Point Loma Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2006
8. Old Point Loma Lighthouse
Vintage Postcard image. Click for full size.
Distributed by Del Mar Sales Co,-Color by Colourpicture Publ.,Inc. Boston
9. Vintage Postcard
Description on postcard:
"OLD SPANISH LIGHTHOUSE"
Cabrillo National Monument
San Diego, California
At the southern tip of Point Loma is the historic Spanish Lighthouse first lighted in 1855
Assistant Keepers Residence image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 21, 2006
10. Assistant Keepers Residence
View of Lighthouse, Circa 1880's image. Click for full size.
San Diego Historical Society, Distributed by Cabrillo National Monument
11. View of Lighthouse, Circa 1880's
View of Lighthouse, Circa 1888 image. Click for full size.
San Diego Historical Society, Distributed by Cabrillo National Monument
12. View of Lighthouse, Circa 1888
New Point Loma Lighthouse image. Click for full size.
James Blank - Impact, Designed and Distributed in the USA
13. New Point Loma Lighthouse
Description on postcard: The New Point Loma Lighthouse was built and most of the buildings finished by June 1890. Due to the elevation at which the Old Point Loma Lighthouse stood, it was often obscured by high fog.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,660 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on October 5, 2010, by Bryan R. Bauer of Kearns, Ut 84118. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 23, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5. submitted on January 18, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.   6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on October 23, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   11, 12. submitted on October 27, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   13. submitted on October 23, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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