Point Vincente Lighthouse, CA

Christine Till  @    CT-Graphics

San Diego, United States

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Just north of Long Point, and 13 miles of Long Beach, Point Vicente Lighthouse stands only second to Palos Verdes as the westernmost point in Los Angeles. Before the installation of the Point Vincente Light on May 1,1926, many ships and seamen went to their graves on this disastrous, rocky stretch of California’s Pacific coast.

During World War Two the Coast Artillery men didn’t want the light to be too good of an aid to enemy navigation. so the 1000 watt light was replaced by a tiny 25 watt bulb, and black out curtains hung ready for use in all the windows.
After the war, when the light was returned to its normal power, the endlessly rotating beam became a glaring disturbance to local residents and a hazard to motorists on Palos Verdes Drive. Keepers coated the inside of the inland facing windows with a coat of opaque, pearly white paint to end the flash of the beacon on peninsula bedroom walls. That is when the “Lady Of The Light” appeared. In the dim light through the painted windows, some saw the shape of a tall serene woman in a flowing gown who would slowly pace the tower’s walkway. In 1955, a thicker coat of paint ended the spirit’s nightly romp around the tower, and the ghost has not been seen officially since.

Today Point Vicence Lightstation still sends out it’s beacon across the Catalina Channel. It is one of the biggest and brightest lights along the California coast.

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