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PIGEON POINT LIGHT

State: CALIFORNIA
Location: SOUTHERN APPROACH TO SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Nearest City: PESCADERO
County: SAN MATEO
U.S.C.G. District: 11
Year Station Established: 1871
Pigeon Point Light
NPS photo by Ralph Eshelman, 1996
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1872
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1974
  • Foundation Materials: STONE
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK TRIM
  • Shape: CONICAL ATTACHED TO WORKROOM
  • Relationship to Other Structures: ATTACHED
  • Tower Height: 115
  • Original Optic: FIRST ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1872
  • Present Optic: DCB-24 OFF BALCONY RAIL
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1972
  • Height of Focal Plane: 148
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ORIGINAL FIRST ORDER LENS IN LANTERN BUT INACTIVE
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1908
  • Construction Materials: WOOD FRAME
  • Architectural Style:
  • Fog Signal Type: STEAM WHISTLE/ORIG. SIREN (1871)
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1960
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Architectural Style: BUNGALOW
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
Other Structures: 3 OTHER KEEPERS DWELLINGS, CISTERN, OIL HOUSE, 2 GARAGES, STORAGE BUILDING, CARPENTER SHOP (1872)

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION / STATE HISTORIC PARK / YOUTH HOSTEL

Owner/Manager: CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF PARKS & RECREATION

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

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #77000337
Name of Listing: PIGEON POINT LIGHTHOUSE
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 1980

HABS/HAER Documentation? YES, CA-1997-A

Miscellaneous:
TOWER UNDER RESTORATION 1992-1993; ORIGINAL FIRST ORDER LENS IS LIT EACH YEAR ON NOVEMBER 15; TRANSFERRED TO THE CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF PARKS AND RECREATION IN 2005 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE NATIONAL HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE PRESERVATION ACT.



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