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Inverness in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Point Reyes Light

 

—Point Reyes National Seashore —

 
Point Reyes Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 5, 2009
1. Point Reyes Light Marker
Photo caption - Upper right:
At sundown a lightkeeper lit the wick of an oil lamp that set inside the lens.1,3032 dazzling prisms directed a beam to the horizon. In this 1927 photo a lightkeeper polishes the lens.

Photo caption - middle:
An exquisite brass clockwork rotated the lens to give the appearance of a flashing light. The mechanism still works.

Photo caption - lower right: Until 1929 the fog signal occupied a niche well below the lighthouse. During foggy spells a steam whistle on the roof blew once a minute. Lightkeepers stoked the boilers with 140 lbs. of coal per hour.
Inscription. Point Reyes Light has guided and cautioned mariners along this hazardous coast for over 100 years. Built by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1870, it came under management of the U.S. Coast Guard in 1939. Resident personnel operated the station until 1975 when the conversion to automated lights and electronic equipment was completed.

Weather permitting, you may visit the historic lighthouse via the stairway to your left. Be prepared for a steep return up more than 300 steps, Exhibits in the watch room below the lantern describe the historic operation of the lighthouse. (Inscription beside the upper photo on the right) At sundown a lightkeeper lit the wick of an oil lamp that set inside the lens.1,3032 dazzling prisms directed a beam to the horizon. In this 1927 photo a lightkeeper polishes the lens.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 59.784′ N, 123° 1.266′ W. Marker is in Inverness, California, in Marin County. Marker can be reached from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Touch for map. The marker is located near the Visitor Center at the head of the steps leading to the lighthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Inverness CA 94937, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of
Point Reyes Light Marker and Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key
2. Point Reyes Light Marker and Visitor Center
The marker is visible at the far left of the photo.
this marker, measured as the crow flies. Common Murres (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rock Plants (within shouting distance of this marker); Point Reyes Light Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Point Reyes Conglomerate (about 300 feet away); Victims of the Coast (approx. 2.3 miles away); Lives of Sacrifice and Service are Honored Here (approx. 2.3 miles away); Sea Life in These Waters (approx. 2.3 miles away); Whalewatching (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Inverness.
 
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Point Reyes Light House image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 5, 2009
3. Point Reyes Light House
Note the many steps mentioned in the marker text.
Point Reyes Light House image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 5, 2009
4. Point Reyes Light House
Caution Sign at the Entrance to the Steps image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 5, 2009
5. Caution Sign at the Entrance to the Steps
Editors Note: The trip down is easy, but walking back up the steps can be a challenge for some.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 387 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on February 23, 2013. Photos:   1. submitted on February 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   2. submitted on March 14, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.   3, 4, 5. submitted on February 16, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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