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Name: Point Loma Light (old)  

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

Location: Cabrillo National Monument, entrance to San Diego Harbor.

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Managing Organization:
Cabrillo National Monument

Telephone: 619-557-5450


Contact Address Information:
1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego
California, 92106, United States

This lighthouse was discontinued in 1891 because it was often obscured by fog and low clouds. It was replaced by the new Point Loma Light. The National Park Service has restored the interior to the 1880s period.

Tower Height: 46

Height of Focal Plane: 462

Description of Tower: White cylindrical tower and green lantern on roof of keeper's house.

This light is not operational

Other Buildings?
1855 1.5 story sandstone keeper's house.

Date Established: 1855

Date Present Tower Built: 1855

Date Deactivated: 1891

Optics: 1855: Third order Fresnel lens (still in lantern but not active).

Current Use: Part of national park.

Open To Public? Yes.

The lighthouse is open to the public from 9 am to 5:15 pm every day from the day after Labor Day (September) to July 3. From July 4 to Labor Day the hours are 9 am to 5:45 pm. Admission to Cabrillo National Monument is $5 per vehicle or $2 per person for cyclists or walk-ins. Visitors can enter the restored interior of the lighthouse. Ranger-led talks, displays and brochures are available.

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. Public transportation: San Diego Transit route 26.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places


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