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Point Arena Light (the tallest on
the West Coast at 115 feet) is in Mendocino County, California, approximately 130 miles (210 km) north of San Francisco. The lighthouse features a small museum and gift shop. Guided tours of the light station as well as self-guided tours of the grounds are available daily.
This point juts out into the
Pacific Ocean, and it is here that the California coastline changes directions.
Sailing ships and steamers made this 40° turn on
their way up and down the coast.
To the extreme right of this view and about a
half-mile away you may see breaking waves; Arena Rock is located here and it is
only six feet below the surface. This dangerous shoal has claimed many vessels.
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In 1984, a nonprofit organization called the
Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers acquired the light station as part of a 25 year land lease from the Coast Guard and the Department of Transportation. In November 2000, the nonprofit group became the official owners of the property due to their diligent historic preservation and educational efforts. Daily visitation, gift store sales, memberships and the rental of the historic Keeper's homes on the property as vacation houses, all provide income to the group for ongoing preservation, facility upgrades, and educational endeavors. The Point Arena Light is California Historical Landmark No. 1035. from Wikipedia
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