East Brother Light Station
Contact Address Information:
117 Park Place
After the light was automated in 1969, local preservationists organized to preserve the station. The station is now operated as a bed and breakfast inn and the proceeds help maintain the property. Leased by U.S. Coast Guard to East Brother Light Station, Inc.
Tower Height: 48
Height of Focal Plane: 61
Characteristic and Range: White flash every 5 seconds.
Description of Tower: Square wood tower attached to keeper's house; buff colored.
This light is operational
Two story Victorian wood keeper's house integral to tower, 1874 wood fog signal building, assistant keeper's house, equipment building, cistern, water tank.
Date Established: 1874
Date Present Tower Built: 1874
Date Automated: 1969
Optics: 1874: Fourth order Fresnel lens; now FA 251.
Fog Signal: Originally steam whistles.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation, bed and breakfast inn.
Open To Public? Yes.
From Marin: Cross the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Take the first exit past the toll plaza (Richmond Parkway), cross under the freeway, then take right on-ramp for I-580 west, heading back toward the bridge. Just before the toll plaza take Point Molate exit (right). Follow the signs to Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor. From East Bay: From I-80 (either direction) take San Rafael exit to I-580 west toward Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Just before toll plaza take Point Molate exit. Follow signs to Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor.
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Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places
Keepers: Samuel M. Farran (1874-1880), George B. Koons (1880), Charles F. Winsor (1880-1887), P. J. Quinlan (1887-1894), John O. Stenmark (1894-1914), John P. Kofod (1914-1921), Herbert Luff (1921), J. Dunn (1921-1922), Willard Miller (1922-1942), J. S. McGrath (1942-1944), E. P. Perry (1944-?), Mickey Edward Thurman (Coast Guard, c. 1944-1947); FIRST ASSISTANTS: John Cawley (1874-1881), Joseph M. Page (1881-1883), Albert Tippett (1883-1886), Charles A. Paulson (1886-1888), Charles McCarthy (1889-1890), Martin Haave (1890-1893), James Anderson (1893-1901), Oscar Sellman (1901), Charles A. Paulson (1901-1902), John W. Astrom (1902-?), Andrew Szarnecke (1908-?), C. E. Clark (1909-1918), E. C. Easton (1918), D. O. Kinyon (1918-?), W. Monette (1919-?), A. H. Joost (1921), T. F. Brown (1921-?), F. L. Pike (1922-1926), Roy L. Murphy (1926-1928), Frederick S. Cobb (1928-1930), J. H. Sylvia (1930), W. J. Atkins (1931-1936), Earl Snodgrass (1936-1943), Frank Dacosta (1943-?); SECOND ASSISTANTS: P. Moran (1874-?), James Rankin (c. 1878), William McCarthy (1878-1880)