Sunday, December 22, 2013

Point Loma-Lighthouses and History

The Old Point Loma Lighthouse was only in operation for about 36 years starting in 1855. It had a great location way above the sea and on a clear night, the light can be seen from 25 miles away. The problem was that during fog storms the light was nearly imperceptible.  This created a problem and a new lighthouse was built down the cliff that still operates today. 

The best lens technology from France shipped to California, the walls constructed from local stone, and the boards brought over from a Spanish fort created this pieces of historical charm(1). Because of the high winds and the overall weather conditions of the area the lighthouse was well constructed. It still sits today in much of the same way it did in the past. 

The lighthouse keeper and his family lived many miles from civilization and children either walked or took a rowboat to school. Visitors were rare but occasionally someone would traverse the dirt road to see the great view. Children were born and livestock raised on that little paradise on the point. Life was relatively boring and spent reading, engaged in family time, or daily chores. 

There are a few structures in the area that you can spend around an hour and half exploring. Each carload will cost $5 but the panoramic view of San Diego and the ocean are worth it. If you get lucky you may just see a whale making its way through winter migration. 

While visiting the lighthouses you may also want to make your way back to the memorial cemetery located on both sides of the entrance to the park. This is hallowing ground and a place where previous service members rest. In the spirit of remembrance you may use or copy any of the memorial pictures below (memorial pictures only). 

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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