Point Pinos Lighthouse, Pacific Grove

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Point Pinos Lighthouse was lit on February 1, 1855, to guide ships on the Pacific Coast of California. It is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast of the United States and even the lens is original. Alcatraz Island Lighthouse preceded Point Pinos by eight months, but was replaced in 1909 by the expanding military prison. The Point Pinos Lighthouse is still an active United States Coast Guard aid to navigation. On-site museum exhibits and other lighthouse related functions are operated by the city of Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California. The lighthouse is surrounded by the Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Links.

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  • Lovely time strolling inside the premises of the point pinos lighthouse, The view is breathtaking. They told us it's the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast. The lens is still the original.....  more
    Lovely time strolling inside the premises of the point pinos lighthouse, The view is breathtaking. They told us it's the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast. The lens is still the original.....  more »
  • This Lighthouse was first lit on February 1, 1855 to guide ships on the rocky Pacific Coast. It is the oldest continuously operating Lighthouses on the West Coast, and even that Fresnel lens is the... 
    This Lighthouse was first lit on February 1, 1855 to guide ships on the rocky Pacific Coast. It is the oldest continuously operating Lighthouses on the West Coast, and even that Fresnel lens is the...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful lighthouses I’ve ever been to. It’s actually the oldest lighthouse in California, it was previously installed on Alcatraz Island and relocated here. For that fact alone it is worth visiting. We were not able to see inside today due to an event close by but walking around outside was worth it alone. All the staff was very helpful and knowledgeable and the scenery literally could not be better. If you’re interested in history, lighthouses, or anything to do with California you need to check this place out.
  • A functional and picturesque light house. A must visit. The museum is closed due to COVID-19, but you can walk around. The docents are very friendly and provide you with good information.

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