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Battery Point Lighthouse

577 H St, Crescent City, California 95531 USA

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“One of California's first lighthouses!”

Battery Point Light was one of the first lighthouses on the California coast. Rugged mountains and unbridged rivers meant coastal travel was essential for the economic survival of this region. In 1855, Congress appropriated $15,000 for the construction of a lighthouse on the tiny islet, which is connected to Battery Point by an isthmus which is visible, and can be traversed on foot, at low tide. Although not included in the 1852 contract by the United States Lighthouse Service for the first eight west coast lighthouses, the Battery Point Lighthouse was actually lit ten days before the Humboldt Harbor Lighthouse, the last of the original eight to become operational.

The fourth-order Fresnel lens was lit in 1856. The lighthouse was automated in 1953, and a modern 375mm lens replaced the fourth-order Fresnel lens. Theophilis Magruder was the station's first keeper; Wayne Piland was its last before automation in 1953. The 1964 Alaska earthquake, the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the northern hemisphere, caused atsunami. The lighthouse survived. In the following year, the modern beacon that replaced the Fresnel lens in the tower was switched off, and a flashing light at the end of the nearby breakwater served as the harbor's navigational aid.

In 1982, the light in the lighthouse tower was lit again, and the Battery Point Lighthouse was listed as a private aid to navigation.

Battery Point Light is believed to be haunted by a former lightkeeper. People claim that they can hear him ascending the spiral staircase. People have also reported the sensation of being touched when no one is present and caretakers who have stayed there claim that something moves objects at night. There is also a rocking chair that the ghost appears to enjoy sitting in.

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Reviewed by
sfgiant77243

  • 35 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 5, 2017
Rated 4.0

A must see! Check the tides and plan accordingly. We were there during high tide so we were unable to make it to the lighthouse but still worth the stop! Great pictures.

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ChariseFallon

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 18, 2017
Rated 4.0

We loved the experience. You can only get there during low tide. It was fun to look through the tidal pools. The light house was gorgeous with wild flowers growing all around it.

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BradburnClan

  • 5 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 23, 2015
Rated 5.0

If you love lighthouses go!
Make sure you check the tide. If the tide is high I'm not sure if you can even. Get up to the lighthouse. Luckily we got there at low tide.
Very history. You can go up to the house its self. We didn't wait to do the tour. Beautiful place. Looks like they even had a little gift shop inside the light house.
Had the directions open up in my waze app and didn't take us to the right spot. We found it a few minutes later. Just head towards the water.

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Battery Point Lighthouse

577 H St
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