Pescadero, CA— In 1872, a new lighthouse sent its beams upon the sea to reveal a safe passageway for seafaring souls. In December 2001, a section of the cornice on the exterior of the lighthouse fell off. Since that time, the lighthouse has been closed, and tours of the lighthouse ceased.
In 2007, new exhibits “light up” the Fog Signal Building showing visitors the history of the West Coast’s tallest lighthouse. The exhibits tell the stories of the lighthouse, its keepers, and the ships that have gone down, including the downed clipper ship Carrier Pigeon, which gave Pigeon Point its name. The new exhibits allow visitors to experience the stories of the coast, and a model lighthouse helps visitors take a closer “look” at the tower.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse stands at an astounding 115 feet in height, with its First-Order, 8 thousand pound Frenel Lens containing 1,008 glass prisms. The exhibits were developed as part of a joint project with NOAA, the San Mateo Coast Natural Historical Association and California State Parks. Exhibits fabricated by Sean Laflin of Bang! Creative and the exhibit text written by Maritime researcher JoAnn Semones.
For more information, please contact Park Interpreter Jeff Barnes at 831-464-5620. California State Parks
Come explore the coast and stop in to see the new exhibits Fridays through Sundays from 10:30am to 4pm. Pigeon Point Lighthouse is 28 miles North of Santa Cruz, and 7 miles South of Pescadero off Hwy. #1. For more information, please call 650-879-2120.