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About Point Pinos Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, California

Point Pinos Lighthouse is the oldest existing lighthouse on the West Coast. This lighthouse went into operation in 1855, serving an active shipping industry along the coastal waters of the Monterey Bay, not far from San Francisco. Built primarily of stone, it includes a half story brick tower where the original Third Order Fresnel lens has shone a beacon of light for nearly 150 years. First illuminated by a whale oil lamp, kerosene was used beginning in 1880 and electricity has provided light since 1919.

Deer run amiably around the greens of the Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Course, which surrounds Point Pinos Lighthouse. Golfers are accustomed to watching for moving objects which include tourists hoping for an up close view of the historic building from the 16th hole tee.

The lighthouse is owned by the City of Pacific Grove and they are responsible for maintenance of the building and the grounds. The grounds include the Cape Cod styled Point Pinos Lighthouse, an oil house, cistern and radio beacon. It is open in the afternoons every day but Tuesday and Wednesday. Donations are requested for touring the lighthouse. Nearby you’ll find beaches and tidepools.

80 Asilomar Ave
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 648-3176
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Pacific Grove, US
6:15 am, July 16, 2024
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Sunrise: 6:01 am
Sunset: 8:25 pm
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