Point Loma Light, San Diego

Point Loma Light, San Diego

by | Nov 8, 2018

The New Point Loma Light (officially Point Loma Light) is a lighthouse at the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula in San Diego, California.

The old lighthouse, completed in 1855, is atop the cliffs of Point Loma at 400 feet (120 m), and at that elevation was often obscured by fog. After 36 years of operation, it was abandoned and replaced with a new light on Pelican Point, a level area at the southern extreme of Point Loma only 88 feet (27 m) above sea level at the entrance to San Diego Bay. This lighthouse was fully automated in 1973, and in 2002, the Fresnel lens was dismantled, removed from the tower, and placed in storage. After being restored, the lens was placed on display in 2004 in the replica keeper’s dwelling constructed adjacent to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

In February 2013, an energy-efficient LED light array was installed atop the lighthouse. Today, the keepers’ quarters continue to house U.S. Coast Guard officers, who are fortunate to enjoy the prime oceanfront property. The lighthouse can be seen from a lookout point near Old Point Loma Lighthouse in Cabrillo National Monument, or you can take a road down to the tide pools at the base of the point for a closer view of the station from the road. Read more here and here. Explore more of Point Loma Light and San Diego Bay here:

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