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Name: Point Loma Light (new)  

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Nearest Town or City:
San Diego, California, United States

Location: Southern end of Point Loma, entrance to San Diego Harbor.

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Photo: Robert J. Bachman
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Managing Organization:
U.S. Coast Guard

This lighthouse replaced the earlier Point Loma Light in 1891 because the old light was so high (422 feet) that it was frequently hidden by fog.

Tower Height: 70

Height of Focal Plane: 88

Description of Tower: White skeletal steel tower with black lantern.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1891 Mission Revival two story wood frame keeper's house; barn, cistern.

Earlier Towers?
1855: Old Point Loma Light, Cape Cod style structure with lantern on roof of keeper's quarters.

Date Established: 1855

Date Present Tower Built: 1891

Date Automated: 1973

Optics: 1891: Third order Fresnel lens (removed in 2002, on display at Cabrillo National Monument)

Fog Signal: Horn at base of tower.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation, Coast Guard housing.

Open To Public? No.

The lighthouse can be viewed from the Cabrillo National Monument. (Public transportation: San Diego Transit route 26.) The current fee (August 2005) to enter the monument is $5 per car. From I-5 South or I-8 west: Exit at Rosecrans St., right on Canon St., left on Catalina Blvd. From I-5 North: Exit and left on Hawthorne St., right on N. Harbor Drive, left on Rosencrans St., right on Canon St., left on Catalina Blvd. Shortly after paying the fee, follow the road on the right to the Tidepools. Park in the tidepool area and a short walk will bring you to the New Point Loma Lighthouse. It can be photographed from the road. Also, if you walk a bit further you can take pictures from the Coast Guard parking lot, but do not park there. (Thanks to John Warnick.)

Keepers: George Cobb (c. 1934-1938)


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