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Name: Point Pinos Light   Map it!

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Nearest Town or City:
Monterey, California, United States

Location: South entrance to Monterey Bay.

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Managing Organization:
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Telephone: 831-648-3116


Contact Address Information:
165 Forest Ave.
Pacific Grove
California, 93950, United States

Point Pinos Light is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in California. The light station (as of August 2006) is owned by the city of Pacific Grove.

Tower Height: 43

Height of Focal Plane: 89

Characteristic and Range: White light occulting every 4 seconds.

Description of Tower: Conical white brick tower with black cast iron lantern on roof of keeper's dwelling.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1855 stone Cape Cod style keeper's quarters; oil house, cistern.

Date Established: 1855

Date Present Tower Built: 1855

Date Automated: 1975

Optics: 1855: Third order Fresnel lens (still in operation).

Current Use: Active aid to navigation, museum.

Open To Public? Yes.

The lighthouse is open to the public Thursday through Sunday, 1-4 pm. Admission is free. Call (831) 648-3116, ext. 13 for more information.

The lighthouse is off CA 68 at the tip of the Monterey Peninsula, at the end of Lighthouse Avenue. Access is from Asilomar Avenue, just north of the intersection with Lighthouse Avenue. Parking is available at the entrance.

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Charles Layton (1855-56); Charlotte Layton (1856-1860); Allen Luce (c. 1879); Emily Fish (1893-1914).


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