Pacific Grove in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Point Pinos Lighthouse Oil House
In the 1880’s, before the conversion to electricity in 1919, the lighthouse signal lanterns were lighted by burning very volatile fuels such as kerosene. The high volatility caused several accidents and eventually forced the Lighthouse Board to build fuel storage houses away from the lighthouses and the keeper’s living quarters. (Note the heavy iron door that was additional protection in the event of an explosion)
Our Point Pinos oil house is now being utilized as a workshop by the lighthouse restoration team.
Location. 36° 38.006′ N, 121° 56.008′ W. Marker is in Pacific Grove, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Asilomar Boulevard and Lighthouse Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is on the grounds of the Point Pinos Lighthouse, a short walk from the parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 60 Asilomar Boulevard, Pacific Grove CA 93950, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured The Gipsy (within shouting distance of this marker); John Denver (approx. 0.3 miles away); Balance Lost and Found Again (approx. one mile away); Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds (approx. one mile away); Glass Bottom Boat (approx. 1.1 miles away); Gosby House Inn (approx. 1.1 miles away); Centrella Hotel (approx. 1.1 miles away); Chautauqua Hall (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pacific Grove.
Regarding Point Pinos Lighthouse Oil House. The Point Pinos Lighthouse was constructed 1853-54 and first lit in 1855. It is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast.
Also see . . . Point Pinos Lighthouse - History. In 1850 there were no lighthouses on the West Coast, nor had there been much of a need for them. In 1852 Congress commissioned the building of eight lighthouses, seven in California. Point Pinos was one of the original seven. All West Coast lighthouses were to be fitted with a Fresnel-type lens. (Submitted on March 8, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 346 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on March 8, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.