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POINT BONITA LIGHT

State: CALIFORNIA
Location: POINT BONITA /
SAN FRANCISCO BAY ENTRANCE
Nearest City: SAUSALITO
County: MARIN
Year Station Established: 1855
Year Automated: 1980
Year Existing Historic Tower Constructed: 1877


Point Bonita Light
NPS photos by James P. Delgado, 1989
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Foundation Materials: MASONRY
  • Construction Materials: BRICK/CEMENT
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE
  • Shape: HEXAGONAL ON FOG SIGNAL BUILDING
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 33/Height of Focal Plane: 140
  • Original Optic: SECOND ORDER, FRESNEL (1877)
  • Present Optic: SECOND ORDER, FRESNEL (1877)
  • Lens Disposition: ORIGINAL LENS STILL IN OPERATION
Previous Tower(s):
  • Construction Date: 1856
  • Description: BRICK TOWER ON CAPE COD DWELLING
  • Fate/Disposition: BUILT AT TOO HIGH AN ELEVATION, SO REPLACED
Newer Tower? NO

Existing Fog Signal Building? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1903
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Architectural Style: 1-STORY RECTANGULAR
  • Fog Signal Type: ELECTRIC KLAXON/ORIGINAL: CANNON, BELL
Existing Keepers Quarters? NO (DEMOLISHED)

Other Structures: 3 CISTERNS (1872, 1877, ca. 1890), OIL HOUSE (1877), GARAGE, STORAGE BUILDING, RADIOBEACON (ca. 1981), TUNNEL (1876), BRIDGE (1954)

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD/NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN NATIONAL PARK

Open to the Public? CALL FOR DATES AND TIMES National Register Status: LISTED: POINT BONITA LIGHT STATION (LIGHT STATIONS OF CALIFORNIA)

Miscellaneous:
SITE OF FIRST WEST COAST FOG SIGNAL, FOG CANNON (1856-1858), REPLACED BY A BELL; ORIGINAL TOWER TAKEN DOWN 1907



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