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POINT CABRILLO LIGHT

State: CALIFORNIA
Location: BETWEEN POINT ARENA & CAPE MENDOCINO
Nearest City: MENDOCINO
County: MENDOCINO
U.S.C.G. District: 11
Year Station Established: 1909


Point Cabrillo Light
NPS photo by Candace Clifford, 1992
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1909
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1973
  • Foundation Materials: CONCRETE
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE BLDG/RED ROOF/BLK LENS ROOM & ROOF
  • Shape: OCTAGONAL ON FOG SIGNAL BLDG
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 47
  • Original Optic: THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1909
  • Present Optic: DCB-224 ON SIGNAL BLDG ROOF
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1969
  • Height of Focal Plane: 84
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ENGLISH ROTATING "BULLSEYE" (CHANCE BROS. FRESNEL) LENS IN LANTERN
Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1909
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
  • Architectural Style: CAPE COD (ATTACHED)
  • Fog Signal Type:
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1908
  • Number of Stories: 1.5
  • Architectural Style: CRAFTSMAN
  • Construction Materials: WOOD FRAME
Other Structures: 3 GARAGES, BLACKSMITH/CARPENTER SHOP (1908), PUMPHOUSE, OIL HOUSE(1912), 2 ASST. KEEPERS DWELLINGS (1908), WATER TANK (POST 1909), PUMPHOUSE, LORAN MONITORING SYSTEM (ANTENNA)

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN NATURE PRESERVE/UNDER RESTORATION

Owner/Manager: CALIFORNIA STATE COASTAL CONSERVANCY/NORTH COAST INTERPRETIVE ASSOC.

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

Web Site: Link

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #91001092
Name of Listing: POINT CABRILLO LIGHT STATION (LIGHT STATIONS OF CALIFORNIA MPS)
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

HABS/HAER Documentation? NO

Miscellaneous:
COMPLETE 20TH CENTURY STATION WITH EXCEPTION OF THE BARN; PLANS FOR OPENING LIGHTHOUSE TO PUBLIC ON REGULAR BASIS IN 1999 AND REINSTALLING ORIGINAL LENS



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