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Name: Point Vicente Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Rancho Palos Verdes, California, United States

Location: North of Los Angeles Harbor, at the southwesterly point of the Palos Verdes Peninsula; marks the northern end of the Catalina Channel.

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Photo: Robert J. Bachman

Managing Organization:
U.S. Coast Guard

There is a legend of a ghostly woman in white supposedly seen in the tower. She is said to be the ghost of a keeper's wife who threw herself over the cliff to her death after her husband had fallen over the bluff.

Tower Height: 67

Height of Focal Plane: 185

Description of Tower: White concrete cylindrical tower.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1926 two-story Mission Revival keeper's house, two garages, fog signal building, two additional keeper's houses, oil house.

Date Established: 1926

Date Present Tower Built: 1926

Date Automated: 1973

Optics: 1926: Third order Fresnel lens (had been in use in Alaska for 40 years).

Fog Signal: Automatic horn.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation, Coast Guard housing.

Open To Public? By appointment or monthly open house.

There are monthly open houses at the lighthouse, held on the second Saturday of every month from 11 am to 3 pm. Tours are available for schoolchildren and other groups; call (310) 541-0334 for information. The lighthouse can also be viewed from the Point Vicente Interpretive Center, which has a small natural history museum. Call (310) 377-5370 for information.

Located in Rancho Palos Verdes on Palos Verdes Drive South, about 1/4 mile south of the southern end of Hawthorne Boulevard.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places


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