Point Cabrillo Lighthouse (Night)

The Point Cabrillo Light Station, located in Mendocino County, California, is a California State Historic Park. The lighthouse indeed has a long and interesting history. First lit in 1909, it was a guide for a record number of ships carrying lumber to rebuild San Francisco after its 1906 earthquake. It later adopted new technology when it became a monitoring station for the now-defunct LORAN electronic navigation system.

Since its construction, the lighthouse has been maintained by a variety of owners and keepers, and is now owned by California State Parks and managed by the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association. The grounds includes several outbuildings including vacation rental homes. The intricate lantern shown at the end of this sample video uses the original third-order fresnel lens, which was refurbished in 1999.

David Benoit is a contemporary jazz pianist whose albums have garnered multiple Grammy nominations and have become genre classics. Benoit is also an accomplished symphony musician and conductor and has also composed film scores. In 2010, David Benoit was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Smooth Jazz Awards.


Point Cabrillo Light Station
Inventory of Historic Light Stations: Point Cabrillo
Mendocino County Official Travel Site
David Benoit

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