Old Point Loma Lighthouse
San Diego, CA 92106
The Old Point Loma Lighthouse - Illuminating the Past
The Old Point Loma Lighthouse stood watch over the entrance to San Diego Bay for 36 years. At dusk on November 15, 1855, the light keeper climbed the winding stairs and lit the light for the first time. What seemed to be a good location 422 feet above sea level, however, had a serious flaw. Fog and low clouds often obscured the light. On March 23, 1891, the light was extinguished and the keeper moved to a new lighthouse location closer to the water at the tip of the Point.
Today, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse still stands watch over San Diego, sentinel to a vanished past. The National Park Service has refurbished the interior to its historic 1880s appearance - a reminder of a bygone era. Ranger-led talks, displays, and brochures are available to explain the lighthouse’s interesting past.
Construction - Why is it the "Old Point Loma Lighthouse?"
The Old Point Loma Lighthouse is a reminder of simpler times - of sailing ships and oil lamps and the men and women whom day after day faithfully tended the coastal lights that guided mariners. In 1851, a year after California entered the Union, the U.S. Coastal Survey selected the heights of Point Loma for the location of a navigational aid. The crest seemed like the right location: it stood 422 feet above sea level, overlooking the bay and the ocean, and a lighthouse there could serve as both a harbor light and a coastal beacon.
The ghost of Old Point Loma Lighthouse: Reported by visitors, was suspected of being haunted. Claims included sounds of heavy foot steps coming from upper rooms (while in first story kitchen or living room); Cold spots were felt at entry landing to the spiral staircase; A moaning breath was heard in both bedrooms. This site is no longer considered an "Active haunted" location. Several different names were attributed to the suspected haunt including Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo! The most likely mentioned name is that of final lighthouse keeper, Captain Robert Decatur Israel. Captain Isreal did not pass away at the light house. The belief is that Captain Isreal's spirit returned to his lighthouse duties even after death. The Old Point Loma Lighthouse is located 1.1 miles from Point pt Loma Rosecrans national cemetery. The cemetery is also claimed to be haunted.
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