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Near Mendocino in Mendocino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Point Cabrillo Light Station

 
 
Point Cabrillo Light Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, September 17, 2006
1. Point Cabrillo Light Station Marker
Inscription. The Point Cabrillo Light Station was built in 1908 by the US Lighthouse Service to protect the "Doghole Schooners" that plied the lumber trade between San Francisco and the Redwood Coast. These steam ships and sailing vessels were known for their ability to navigate the small coves, or "dogholes," of Mendocino's Rocky Shoreline. The third order Fresnel lens, which was turned by a clockworks mechanism with a descending weight, concentrated the light of a Kerosene Lamp through concentric prisms. The light shone from the tower for the first time on June 10, 1909, casting a beam visible 14 miles out to sea. A head lighthouse keeper and two assistants rotated shifts to keep the light burning and fuel the steam-powered air siren. Electricity came to the station in 1935, and a few years later the lighthouse was turned over to the U.S. Coast Guard. In 1972 the Coast Guard retired the fog signal and replaced the Fresnel lens with an automated beacon. Through the combined efforts of the Coastal Conservancy, the North Coast Interpretive Association, the Coast Guard, and many volunteers, the Fresnel lens was reinstated as the operating light in 1999. The Coast Guard continues to maintain the navigational aids with the support of Point Cabrillo staff and volunteers.

Dedicated March 17, 2001 by Grand Parlor, Native Daughters of the Golden
Point Cabrillo Light Station 3rd Order Fresnel Lens image. Click for full size.
By Henry M Kohnen, October 18, 2014
2. Point Cabrillo Light Station 3rd Order Fresnel Lens
Located st the top of the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse is the 3rd order Fresnel Lens which can project a beam of light more than 20 miles out to sea.
West.
 
Erected 2001 by Grand Parlor, Native Daughters of the Golden West.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 39° 21.003′ N, 123° 48.792′ W. Marker was near Mendocino, California, in Mendocino County. Marker could be reached from Point Cabrillo Drive, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The actual lighthouse is .75 miles away at N 39 20' 53.92", W 123 49' 35.31" (approximately). Marker was in this post office area: Mendocino CA 95460, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 4 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. History Pivots on a Rock (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mendocino Masonic Hall (approx. 3.1 miles away); Mendocino Presbyterian Church (approx. 3.1 miles away); Temple Kwan Tai (approx. 3.2 miles away); The Parrish Family Cemetery (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mendocino.
 
More about this marker. The marker is off a driveway, just past Lighthouse Road.
 
Also see . . .
1. California State Parks - Point Cabrillo Light Station.
Point Cabrillo Light Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, September 17, 2006
3. Point Cabrillo Light Station Marker
(Submitted on September 24, 2006, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
2. The Fresnel Lens. (Submitted on September 24, 2006, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
3. Inventory of Historic Light Stations. (Submitted on March 14, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
 
Categories. LandmarksMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Point Cabrillo Light Station image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, September 17, 2006
4. Point Cabrillo Light Station
The light station is located .75 miles away from the marker. Handicapped persons may drive to the station, all others must walk.
Point Cabrillo Light Station image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 18, 2007
5. Point Cabrillo Light Station
Performing its Duty on a Foggy Day
Point Cabrillo Light Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Pat Filippone, November 28, 2009
6. Point Cabrillo Light Station Marker
Point Cabrillo Light Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 25, 2016
7. Point Cabrillo Light Station Marker
This marker has replaced the missing (stolen?) Point Cabrillo Light Station marker. It is on the same rock as the original marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2006, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 2,137 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 24, 2006, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.   2. submitted on October 21, 2014, by Henry M Kohnen of San Jose, California.   3, 4. submitted on September 24, 2006, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.   5. submitted on October 25, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6. submitted on April 23, 2015, by Pat Filippone of Stockton, California.   7. submitted on August 5, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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