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ST. GEORGE REEF LIGHT

State: CALIFORNIA
Location: 6 MILES OFF POINT ST. GEORGE
Nearest City: CRESCENT CITY
County: DEL NORTE
U.S.C.G. District: 11
Year Station Established: 1867


St. George Reef Light
Photo courtesy St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1892
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: 1975 - 2002
  • Automated:
  • Foundation Materials: ELLIPTICAL/CONCRETE/GRANITE
  • Construction Materials: GRANITE BLOCKS
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE W/BLACK LANTERN
  • Shape: SQUARE
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 90
  • Original Optic: FIRST ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1892
  • Present Optic: ?
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 2002
  • Height of Focal Plane: 144
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: FIRST ORDER FRESNEL REMOVED TO COUNTY MUSEUM IN 1975
Previous Tower(s):
  • 1. Construction Date:
  • Description:
  • Fate/Disposition:
Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1892
  • Construction Materials: GRANITE
  • Architectural Style: INTEGRAL
  • Fog Signal Type: REMOVED
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1892
  • Number of Stories: 7
  • Architectural Style: INTEGRAL
  • Construction Materials: GRANITE
Other Structures: MASONRY BOAT LANDING

Current Use: PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION / UNDER RESTORATION

Owner/Manager: DEL NORTE COUNTY LEASE TO ST. GEORGE REEF LIGHTHOUSE PRESERVATION SOCIETY

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site: Link

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #93001373
Name of Listing: ST. GEORGE REEF LIGHT STATION (LIGHT STATIONS OF CALIFORNIA MPS)
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
AMERICA'S MOST EXPENSIVE LIGHTHOUSE; ENGINEERING FEAT TAKING 10 YEARS TO CONSTRUCT, BUILT BY GEORGE BALLANTYNE; REPLACED BY LARGE NAVIGATIONAL BUOY; RELIT AS PRIVATE AID TO NAVIGATION IN OCTOBER 2002



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