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Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City

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Battery Point Light is a lighthouse in Crescent City, California, United States. It is registered as a California Historical Landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as "Crescent City Lighthouse".HistoryBattery 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 a tsunami. 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.
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  • This lighthouse is only available to be toured during low tide as the path to get to the lighthouse is underwater at high tide. We visited as the tide was coming in and therefore weren't able to tour ...  more »
  • You have to go on low tide so be careful. The volunteers who run the tours were very informative. The lighthouse is original and a wonderful look back at the life of a keeper. There is a talk in each ...  more »
  • But despite this, it was fun to be here because you have a nice view on Battery Point on Crescent City and the coast. The islet is only during low tide on foot. The rocks are beautifully covered with plants and the beach is full of washed up wreckage. Nice to take a blow.
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