On June 29, 1925, a severe earthquake jolted the area. The lighthouse keeper, Albert Weeks, was thrown from his makeshift bed in a storage building. He ran to the lighthouse and ushered everyone outside. Just moments later, the tower and lantern came crashing down, followed soon by the walls of the small dwelling. The Fresnel lens was shattered, and the structure was a total loss.
A temporary light, exhibited from a frame tower, replaced the light station and served until the permanent automatic tower, seen today at the station on the mesa in Santa Barbara, was put into service in 1935. It isn’t exactly a beautiful lighthouse and doesn’t attract a lot of attention..