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Old Point Loma Lighthouse

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Old Point Loma Lighthouse - Cabrillo National Monument, California

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   The Old Point Loma Lighthouse was the first beacon to mark the entrance to San Diego Bay, completed in 1855. Perched 422 feet above the Pacific, lighthouse designers failed to realized low hanging clouds and dense fog would render the nav-aid useless. It wasn't long before construction began on another lighthouse. The old lighthouse operated for only 36 years, but lives on as a national park attraction. President Wilson ensured the old lighthouse was properly preserved, creating the Cabrillo National Monument in 1913. Old Point Loma Lighthouse - Cabrillo National Monument, California At the park, rangers and exhibits offer stories of the lighthouse's interesting past. Point Loma Light Station celebrated its 130th birthday in 1984. One massive candle, the beacon was re-lit by the National Park Service for the first time in 93 years.
   The modern, or new Point Loma Lighthouse, an open tower design, was built on the tip of Point Loma. Its light, measuring 600,000 candlepower, could be seen in the Pacific Ocean up to 15 miles. A more modern VLB-44 LED beacon, even brighter, replaced the original light source. The light-station is also fitted with a diaphone fog signal, a necessity on this foggy coastline.

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