Old Point Loma Lighthouse

Point Loma Lighthouse, first lit in 1855, was built at the top of a 422-foot hill overlooking San Diego Bay. The height of the light was supposed to make it a clearly visible signal, but it was actually too high.

The light would often be shrouded in heavy fog cover and low clouds. Without a fog signal, the lighthouse keeper sometimes resorted to firing a shotgun to warn mariners of the rocky coast. Regardless, the lighthouse ran for 36 years, doing its job well when weather permitted.

The lighthouse was replaced in 1891 by a new Point Loma Lighthouse a few hundred yards down the hill from the original. The Old Point Loma Light still stands in Cabrillo National Monument as a historical attraction and a beautiful landmark by the peaceful bay.

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Cabrillo National Monument: Old Point Loma Lighthouse
Lighthouse Friends: Old Point Loma Lighthouse
Cabrillo National Monument Foundation
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