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Name: Point Bonita Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Sausalito, California, United States

Location: Point Bonita, entrance to San Francisco Bay, about two miles west of Golden Gate Bridge.

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Managing Organization:
Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Telephone: 415-556-0560


Contact Address Information:
Fort Mason
Building 201
San Francisco
California, 94123, United States

Point Bonita Light Station had the west coast's first fog signal, a cannon used 1856-58.

Tower Height: 33

Height of Focal Plane: 140

Description of Tower: White brick/cement hexagonal tower on fog signal building.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1903 brick fog signal building, 1877 oil house, three cisterns, garage, storage building, 1876 tunnel, 1954 bridge.

Earlier Towers?
1855: 56-foot tower, separate from dwelling, 260 feet above sea level; removed in 1907.

Date Established: 1855

Date Present Tower Built: 1877

Date Automated: 1980

Optics: 1877: Second order Fresnel lens.

Fog Signal: 1856: Cannon; 1858: Bell; Now automated electric Klaxon fog horn.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation in national park.

Open To Public? Yes.

The lighthouse is open to visitors Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm.

Accessible from the parking area of the Golden Gate Recreation Area off US 101. Requires a walk of a mile or so from the parking lot.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: John Briercliff Brown (c. 1877), George Cobb (second assistant 1896-1904, first assistant 1904-?)


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