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POINT PINOS LIGHT

State: CALIFORNIA
Location: SOUTH ENTRANCE TO MONTEREY BAY
Nearest City: PACIFIC GROVE
County: MONTEREY
U.S.C.G. District: 11
Year Station Established: 1855


Point Pinos Light
NPS photo by Candace Clifford, 1990
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1855
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1975
  • Foundation Materials: STONE
  • Construction Materials: BRICK TOWER ON STONE HOUSE
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE
  • Shape: CONICAL ON SQUARE HOUSE
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 43
  • Original Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1855
  • Present Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1855
  • Height of Focal Plane: 89
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ORIGINAL LENS STILL IN OPERATION
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO

Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1855
  • Number of Stories: 1.5
  • Architectural Style: CAPE COD INTEGRAL
  • Construction Materials: STONE
Other Structures: OIL HOUSE, CISTERN, RADIOBEACON

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION/MUSEUM/COAST GUARD HOUSING

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD LEASE TO CITY OF PACIFIC GROVE/MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

Web Site:

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #77000312
Name of Listing: POINT PINOS LIGHTHOUSE
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
OLDEST ACTIVE LIGHTHOUSE ON WEST COAST; EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF THE FIRST 16 CONSTRUCTED ON WEST COAST; RUN BY WOMEN KEEPERS FOR 25 YEARS; RESTORED BY PACIFIC GROVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY



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