Pt. Cabrillo Light

Mendocino, California

The combined wooden light tower and fog-signal building of Pt. Cabrillo dates from 1909. In 1973 the original third-order lens was darkened for the last time, replaced by a beacon oddly mounted on the roof (you can see it in the photo).

Lighthouse keepers reportedly loved to serve at Pt. Cabrillo. It offered spacious quarters and acres of rich soil for vegetable gardens and raising livestock.

The Station was purchased by the Coastal Conservancy in 1992. It is now the centerpiece of the 300 acre Point Cabrillo Preserve and accessible to the public sunrise to sunset, by pedestrian access only. The Station is a 1/2 mile walk from the entry.

The Lighthouse itself is open to the public as part of a guided tour every Sunday from May through September at 11AM, and from 10-4 on the 1st and 3rd weekends in March for Whale Festival. These hours are more-or-less stable for '98, I hope, but will be increased following the restoration of the lighthouse. The current agreement with the Coast Guard (they continue to operate the aids to navigation) is to reinstate the original 3rd order lens to full time operation when the tower restoration is completed.

photo courtesy of Tom Liddle