Point Pinos Light, Pacific Grove

Point Pinos Light, Pacific Grove

by | Nov 29, 2018

The Point Pinos Light in Pacific Grove, California is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States. The lighthouse is still an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation surrounded by the Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Links.

In 1602, the Spanish explorer Sebastian Vizcaino named Monterey Bay and the Monterey Peninsula after the Count of Monterrey, and named the point at the southern entrance to the bay Punta de Los Pinos, for the forest of Monterey Pines. The point was a part of the 2,667-acre (1,079 ha) Rancho Punta de Pinos Mexican land grant made to José María Armenta in 1833 and regranted to José Abrego in 1844. In 1850, after the Mexican–American War and the American acquisition of Alta California, Congress appropriated funds for the construction of seven lighthouses on the West Coast, one of which was to be located at Point Pinos, the dangerous southern entrance to the Monterey Bay. The government purchased 25 acres (10 ha) of the Rancho Punta de Los Pinos for this purpose, with an additional 67 acres (27 ha) purchased later. Construction began in 1853, the Monterey Pine forest was cleared, and in 1855 the light station was completed.

Point Pinos Lighthouse was automated in 1975. A radio navigation beacon and a foghorn were added to the facility, but with the advent of global positioning satellite navigation in 1993, the radio beacon and foghorn were deactivated. Point Pinos Lighthouse and nearly 70 acres (28 ha) of surrounding land were transferred to the City of Pacific Grove in August 2006. Read more here and here. Explore more of Point Pinos and the Monterey Peninsula here:

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