All Photos by Carl Morrison,
Lime Kiln Light, San Juan Island, Washington
Cattle Point Light, San Juan Island, Washington
Mukilteo Lighthouse, near Everett, Washington, 1995
Where the California coast turns abruptly east, 250 miles south of
San Francisco, the Point Arguello lighthouse was built in 1901.
Isolated and difficult to supply, it was among the first Pacific
coast lights to be automated. In 1934 it was razed and replaced by an
airport-type beacon atop an iron skeleton tower. A radio beacon was
placed on the point to assist the light in guiding mariners. Located
on Vandenburg Air Force Base, Point Arguello is best seen by rail
passengers riding past the point.
Above 2 photos and text from California
Lighthouses, Point St. George to the Gulf of Santa
Catalina by Bruce Roberts and Ray Jones
This is how the light looks today, from Amtrak's premier train,
The Coast Starlight, Valentine's Day, 1999:
Point Conception Light
1856 and 1882
Some of America's worst coastal weather is where ocean currents
collide at Point Conception--60 miles from Santa Barbara. Because of
the danger to mariners, government officials selected it as one of
the West's first lighthouses. It was constructed in 1854 and put in
operation in 1856.
A second light, shown above, in 1882, was a fifty-two-foot tower
and still guides mariners with its flashing light. The lighthouse is
inaccessible to the public, but from The Coast
Starlight, at least the point can be observed as the train
travels along the coast between L.A. and Seattle.
Pt. Fermin Lighthouse, San Pedro, California, December,
Point Vicente Lighthouse, "Hollywoods Favorite
Lighthouse," Polos Verdes, California, January 9, 1999, 9 a.m.
Old Point Loma Lighthouse, San Diego, California, 1998
Point Loma Light Station, San Diego, California, 1998
Kilauea, Hawaii, Old and New Lights
Portland Head Lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Nubble Light, York Beach, Maine, 1979
Colchester Reef Lighthouse Shelborne Museum, Vermont
If you haven't visited any of the hot links above, you might want to
go back and do that now.
Remember, after visiting those sites, if you wish to
return to this Index page, either bookmark this page now so you can
use it later, or click BACK on your browser to return to this page.
Some VERY GOOD sites that I've found after searching the
internet for "Lighthouses" are:
The only Student Quest Page on lighthouses
that I've found is by Marla Snyder at Santee School,
Franklin-McKinley School District, 1313 Audubon Dr., San Jose, CA
The best part of the above site (for me) is the listing of
all California lighthouses with links to the light house's own page,
if they have one, or other's pages about each lighthouse:
The Lighthouse Locator page has pictures and
information on some lighthouses, I haven't researched that site to
know if they are lighthouses the webmaster has visited or more.
Appealing, unique website design:
The National Maritime Initiative office
within the National Park Service (NPS) which specializes in
preserving America's maritime heritage has a site:
Part of the NPS site is called, " Publicly
Accessible Lighthouses: Pacific Coast". Of course you can
branch to other Pacific Coast states and their lighthouses here too.
This a very professional site listing the following: Location:
Nearest City: Owner/Manager: Current Use: Hours Open to the Public:
Access: and Phone: of all sites listed:
Use this URL for all US lighthouses with public access:
A good private page of a couple who have spent what looks like a
lifetime finding and photographing lighthouses is at:
They have an interesting page called: Lighthouses
with Accommodations at:
Another page of Lighthouses offering Accommodations.
This is where I learned of the lighthouse where we first stayed,
Point Arena Light, California:
If you're hooked on lighthouses by now, you might want to check the
home page of the U.S. Lighthouse Society:
With accommodations at Point Arena, I gave my wife the PBS book, and
later bought one of their 3 vidoes, called Legendary
Lighthouses...a VERY professional site: