Pigeon Point Light Station or Pigeon Point Lighthouse, located between Santa Cruz and San Francisco, is a lighthouse built in 1871 to guide ships on the Pacific coast of California. It was built after at least four ships were lost between 1850 and 1860 and the editor of the San Mateo County Gazette wrote: “Pigeon Point is the most extensive promontory on the coast south of the Golden Gate … No other one place on the Pacific Coast has proved so fatal to navigators as this locality …”
Pigeon Point Light is one of the tallest lighthouses in the United States. Its 115-foot tower shares the title of tallest west coast lighthouse with California’s Point Arena Lighthouse. It is still an active Coast Guard aid to navigation.
Pigeon Point Light Station is one of the most picturesque lighthouses on the Pacific coast. The lighthouse tower has long been a landmark for ships approaching San Francisco Bay from the south. The lantern room of the tower is still equipped with the original first-order Fresnel lens, but the lens is now lit only to celebrate special occasions, such as the annual celebration of the original first lighting in 1872.