Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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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
1903 brick fog signal building, 1877 oil house, three cisterns, garage, storage building, 1876 tunnel, 1954 bridge.
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-?)