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Point Cabrillo Light Station

New Book Offers Refreshing Look

By Timothy Harrison


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The Point Cabrillo Light Station from a vintage ...

Many of the lighthouse books that have been published over the years are loaded with text on the history of lighthouses and generally include only a few photographs of the lighthouse or lighthouses but most authors have neglected to spend the time to locate and publish the historic photographs that can truly interpret the stories and memories surrounding a particular lighthouse.

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After being unused for 27 years the Fresnel lens ...
Photo by: Elinor DeWire

I continue to be amazed by the number of old and rare photographs that are rediscovered and shared with the public in the pages of the “Images of America” books from Arcadia Publishing Co. There is on old saying that, “A picture is word a thousands words,” which is especially true in their newly released book, Point Cabrillo Light Station, by author Bruce Rogerson.

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One of the many historic photos in the book Point ...

Throughout the last 20 years of the growth of popularity and interest in lighthouse history and preservation, the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse has never had its fair share of fame. Perhaps, because of its age, since it is relatively new by lighthouse standards, or perhaps because the other more stately lighthouses seem to get all the attention. But, make no mistake; the Point Cabrillo Light Station has played a major role in our nations maritime history, which has been made evident by the informative text and photographs unveiled in this book.

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As a member of the board of the Point Cabrillo ...

Point Cabrillo Light Station reveals more than just the history of the light station, it also tells a story of the surrounding area and its people, something that most lighthouse books fail to do. There are images of the old railroad station, the great sailing ships of yesteryear, crowds of people on the steamship wharfs, historic images of Fort Bragg, the machinery that operated the fog signal, lighthouse keepers and family members, the old church with its majestic steeple, and the historic homes of the local community that all played a pivotal role in the history of the lighthouse.

From the early years with its people, to modern times, to the renovations and today’s use, it’s all here and you won’t be disappointed.

This story appeared in the December 2008 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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