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POINT REYES LIGHT

State: CALIFORNIA
Location: GULF OF THE FARALLONES
County: MARIN
Nearest City: INVERNESS
Year Station Established: 1870
Year Automated: 1975
Year Existing Historic Tower Constructed: 1870


Point Reyes Light
NPS photos by Ralph Eshelman, 1995
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Is the Light Operational? NO; Date Deactivated: 1975
  • Foundation Materials: CONCRETE
  • Construction Materials: CAST IRON W/BRICK LINING
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/RED ROOF
  • Shape: CYLINDRICAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 35/Height of Focal Plane: 294
  • Original Optic: FIRST ORDER, ROTATING FRESNEL (1870)
  • Present Optic: FIRST ORDER, FRESNEL (1870)
  • Lens Disposition: FIRST ORDER LENS STILL IN OPERATION
Is there a Newer Tower? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1975
Existing Fog Signal Building? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1928
  • Construction Materials: WOOD
  • Architectural Style: POWERHOUSE
  • Fog Signal Type: DIAPHONE HORN (MOVED 1934)
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1960
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: MODERN TRIPLEX
  • Construction Materials: WOOD FRAME
Other Structures: 2 CISTERNS, OIL HOUSE, GARAGE, 2 STORAGE BUILDINGS, TRANSFORMER BUILDING, PUMPHOUSE, 2 STORAGE BUILDINGS; (1870 KEEPERS AND 1871 FOG SIGNAL BUILDING DEMOLISHED)

Owner/Manager: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE/U.S. COAST GUARD

Current Use: NATIONAL PARK EXHIBIT/ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Open to the Public? YES; THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY (10-4:30)
  • Access: POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE / SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD. OFF U.S. 1 (REQUIRES 1/4-MILE WALK TO VISITOR CENTER AND 308 STAIRS TO REACH LIGHTHOUSE)
  • Public Phone: 415-669-1534
National Register Status: LISTED: POINT REYES LIGHT STATION (LIGHT STATIONS OF CALIFORNIA)

Documented by HABS? YES CA-2250 (WRO)

Miscellaneous:
COAST GUARD AUTOMATED LIGHT WITH MODERN APPARATUS ON FOG SIGNAL BUILDING IN 1975



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