Near Pescadero in San Mateo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Año Nuevo Island
The run-down buildings you see are the last remains of the lighthouse station. Living quarters for two families were built with picket fences around the yards to keep out the seals. A rain water basin, cistern, and tank supplied fresh water The families lived on the island year round.
After protecting the coast for 76 years, the station was decommissioned in 1948 when the lighthouse's functions were automated offshore. Seals, sea lions, and birds quickly took over the place. The weather-beaten structures, as well as the island and its wildlife, are protected as a part of the Reserve.
Erected by Año Nuevo Interpretive Association.
Location. 37° 7.136′ N, 122° 18.441′ W. Marker is near Pescadero, California, in San Mateo County. Marker can be reached from Año Nuevo Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Steele Ranch (within shouting distance of this marker); Steele Brothers' Dairy Ranches (within shouting distance of this marker); Dickerman-Steele House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Don Gaspar de Portolá (approx. 2.2 miles away); Swanton (approx. 5.7 miles away); Big Creek Light and Power Company (approx. 5.7 miles away); Pigeon Point Lighthouse (approx. 6.4 miles away); Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park (approx. 6.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pescadero.
More about this marker. This marker is opposite the Año Nuevo State Park Marine Education Center.
Also see . . . Año Nuevo Lighthouse - LighthouseFriends.com. Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino departed Acapulco in January 1602 to explore the California coast. Vizcaino’s three ships sailed past the coast just north of Monterey Bay a year later, and Father Antonio de la Ascension, the diarist and chaplain of the expedition, named one landmark Punta de Año Nuevo (New Year’s Point), for the day on which it was sighted...
Before (Submitted on February 20, 2016, 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 February 20, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 20, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.