Point Vicente Lighthouse is located on the southern point of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and stands 67 feet tall; it is one of the areas jewels. The lighthouse’s beam which marks from a height of 185 feet across the ocean helps navigate the seaman around the rocky schoals which surround the nearby shore. The point was named in 1790 by Captain George Vancouver who was here from England exploring the coast. He named it for his good friend Friar Vincente of the Mission Buenaventura. In 1926 the U.S. Lighthouse Service began operating the brightest beacon in Southern California. It was able to be seen over twenty miles. In 1934 the radio station and radio navigation were added. It was manually operated until 1971 when automated equipment took over. On November 17, 1979, Point Vincente Lighthouse was added to the National Registry of historic sites. Today the lighthouse still send out its light across the Catalina Channel.The housing facility is home to regular Coast Guard personnel assigned to nearby ships, stations and offices.
The Point Vincente Lighthouse is located at 31550 Palos Verdes Drive, West in Rancho Palos Verdes 90275. The grounds and lighthouse are normally closed to the public, however the tower and a museum are open the second Saturday of every month between the hours of 10:00a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please call (310) 541-0334.
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