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Battery Lighthouse Info

View from the parking lot

Lots of driftwood from those huge waves

The Lighthouse from a distant view

Zoomed view

Another view

Zoomed really close

View to the right

My favorite view

Another one :-) I loved this Lighthouse!

Last Lighthouse view

Look at the size of this Redwood log

Jerry checking it out :-)

Huge!

The beautiful California coast on the way back

Beautiful!

A stop at the Hungry Clam for some great shrimp

Back home, what a life! :-)


I am trying to catch up with all the places we have visited in the last two days. This is one of the most interesting Lighthouses we have seen. I have pasted a copy of the info below from the Del Norte County Historical Society. We chose not to take the chance of crossing the 200 feet required to visit in person, because of the sneaker wave warnings. We had to enjoy from a distance. I am adding pictures to show you how it looked from two difference places we visited, plus some zoomed in views. I hope you enjoy!

"Battery Point Lighthouse and Museum are located at the foot of A Street in Crescent City, California. This is an active lighthouse that serves as a private aid to navigation. The Lighthouse was first lit with oil lamps on December 10, 1856. The Lighthouse is also an active residence with lighthouse keeper. The Lighthouse and its museum is open to the public for tours including opportunities to look into the personal quarters of keepers and their families and the furniture and artifacts they have left behind since the 1850's. Tours include a climb into the light tower. There are displays of many maritime artifacts, photographs and documents that chronicle its history.

During over 150 years of history for this lighthouse, many keepers and their families have tended it. It began as the Crescent City Light Station. Until 1936, the U.S. Lighthouse Service was in charge of the light station. Then, the U.S. Coast Guard took over its operation and maintenance. In 1953, the Lighthouse was automated. During the Tsunami tidal waves of 1964, the resident keepers provided a terrifying eye witness account of the destruction caused to Crescent City, even feeling threatened themselves by the largest wave. The Coast Guard continued to maintain the Fifth Order Drumm Lens with 20,000 candle power operated by electricity in the tower until 1965 when it was decommissioned. The light was reactivate as a private aid to navigation in 1982.

Great stories about the Lighthouse and Native American legends about the Island have been crafted over time. A resident ghost is even said to haunt the residence. Photographers and artists have captured the beauty of the Lighthouse thousands of times making it one of the most vivid images in all of Del Norte County. The scenic beauty has made Battery Point Lighthouse the subject of film companies for movies, television programs, commercials and music videos. Many weddings have taken place on the island.

Visits to the Battery Point Lighthouse and Island are only possible at low tides. Extreme care and caution should be used when crossing the two hundred feet between the mainland and island anytime wave action may cover the crossing area. Sneaker waves at any time can threaten visitors standing on or near the rocks and the shore of Battery Point Island".

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