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Point Cabrillo Light
Point Cabrillo Light - Point Cabrillo Lighthouse
Point Cabrillo Lighthouse
Location: Caspar, California
Coordinates 39°20′54″N 123°49′33″W / 39.34833°N 123.82583°W / 39.34833; -123.82583Coordinates: 39°20′54″N 123°49′33″W / 39.34833°N 123.82583°W / 39.34833; -123.82583
Year first lit: 1909
Automated: 1973
Foundation: Concrete
Construction: Wood
Tower shape: Octagonal on fog signal building
Markings/Pattern: white building with red roof, black lens room and roof
Height: 47 ft, 81 ft above sea level
Original lens: Third order Fresnel lens
Current lens: DCB-224
Range: 22 nm
Characteristic: Flashing white 10s. Emergency light of reduced intensity when main light is extinguished.
Admiralty number: G4362
ARLHS number: USA-619
USCG number: 6-0450

Point Cabrillo Light is a lighthouse in northern California, United States, between Point Arena and Cape Mendocino, just south of the community of Caspar. It should not be confused with the Point Loma Lighthouse, in San Diego, California, which lies within Cabrillo National Monument and is also sometimes called the Cabrillo lighthouse.


Point Cabrillo is named after the Spanish explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, although Cabrillo's voyage of exploration along the California coast did not reach as far north as the point.

A closer view of the lighthouse

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse was established in 1909, displaying a 3rd Order Standard Lens and Air Sirens. It is located about 1.5 miles from Fort Bragg, California. With the exception of a small barn all original buildings stand unaltered. In 1935, an air diaphone supertyfone sound signal was installed. The United States Coast Guard manned the station until 1973, when the lens was covered and a modern rotating beacon was mounted on a metal stand on the roof west of the lantern room. In 2002, California State Parks purchased the light station for four million dollars.

The Frolic, an opium trading brig wrecked near Point Cabrillo Light in 1850. The wreckage was rediscovered in 1984. It was the subject of the 2003 episode "Gold Rush Disaster: The Frolic" of the History Channel series Deep Sea Detectives.

In 1991 the light station was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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