Old Point Loma Lighthouse to celebrate 147th birthday on Friday, Nov 15

provided by the National Park Service

he National Park Service invites everyone to join the celebration of the 147th anniversary of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse on Friday, November 15, 2002 at Cabrillo National Monument. The lighthouse tower will be open from 10am until 5pm.

    “The Old Point Loma Lighthouse played an important role in the development of California's, and particularly southern California's, maritime economy during the middle and late 19th century. From 1855 until 1891, the lighthouse guided mariners safely in and out of San Diego harbor. The 147th anniversary of the day the light began operating is a wonderful time to celebrate that history,” reminisced monument Superintendent Terry DiMattio.

    The Old Point Loma Lighthouse is a favorite destination for monument visitors and an important icon for many San Diegans. The lighthouse is open every day of the year. However, November 15th marks one of only two days each year that its tower is open to the public. Visitors will be able to view the Fresnel lens and walk around the catwalk. Park rangers and costumed volunteers will be on hand, interpreting the lighthouse and the lives of its keepers.

    The Old Point Loma Lighthouse was chosen as the original site for Cabrillo National Monument in 1913. A group called the Order of Panama wanted to erect a statue there to honor Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo. While Cabrillo National Monument continues to fulfill that mandate, the lighthouse remains an important part of the monument.

    Cabrillo National Monument, located on Point Loma at the end of Catalina Boulevard, is open daily from 9am until 5:15pm. For additional information call (619) 557-5450 or TTY (619) 222-8211, or visit their web site at www.nps.gov/cabr/.