Lighthouses - Photographs For Sale In Prints, Greeting Cards and PostersAh, lighthouses! These beacons of light, which have been guiding ships since the 17th century! Few structures have the universal appeal and fascination of a lighthouse. Lighthouses are wonderful structures that give us a sense of history, romance, mystery, and of human ingenuity and perseverance in the face of the unforgiving seas.
Oregon Lighthouses - Cape Meares Lighthouse
Cape Meares, originally named Cape Lookout, just south of Tillamook Bay, was constructed in 1888. It is the shortest lighthouse on the on the scenic Oregon Coast.
The stubby, octagonal tower is only 38 feet tall, but it sits on the edge of a towering cliff more than 200 feet above the ocean and its light could be observed 21 miles out to sea back in the days when it served as a functional navigation aid.
Chicago Harbor Light
Three main lighthouses have stood watch over Chicago Harbor as the city has grown from a small military outpost to the third-largest city in the United States.
Built in 1893, the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, also called the Chicago Breakwater Light, is the only surviving lighthouse in Chicago and one of only two remaining in Illinois.
The Light reflects the pivotal role the city played in US maritime history, connecting the Great Lakes to the East Coast and ultimately to the Gulf Coast.
Old Point Loma Lighthouse San Diego California
Point Loma crest, 422 feet above sea level, overlooking San Diego bay and the Pacific ocean seemed to be the right location for San Diego's Point Loma Lighthouse. In clear weather its light was visible at sea for 25 miles.
However, the light's lofty perch on the point, the highest in the nation, meant it was often shrouded in fog, rendering it useless to mariners.
That's why the Light had only a short life. In 1891, after just thirty-six years of service, Point Loma's light was extinguished. Today Point Loma Light (old), location: Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, California, is on the registry for historic places.
The Light At Piedras Blancas - San Simeon California
The Piedras Blancas Light Station at the southern end of Big Sur, north of San Simeon, CA has a very interesting history. Over the past 135 years, battered by wind and weather, the lighthouse has seen many calamities.
The area is a preserve for local flora and fauna. Peregrine Falcons and Pelagic and Brandt's Comorants are nesting nearby, and some 15,000 marine mammals, including California sea lions, come ashore here.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse on California's Pacific Coast
Pigeon Point Light Station or Pigeon Point Lighthouse, located between Santa Cruz and San Francisco, California, was built in 1871 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 Lighthouse CA
Pigeon Point Light, located between Santa Cruz and San Francisco, California, is one of the tallest lighthouses in the United States.
The lighthouse is still an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The Lightstation is one of the most picturesque lighthouses on the Pacific coast.
Point Cabrillo Light Station - Mendocino CA
The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse in northern California cast its light over the craggy cliffs of the Mendocino coast for the first time 1909, and the still-working lighthouse is now part of the Point Cabrillo Light Station.
The Light is surrounded by 300 acres of nature preserve. Watch the passing whales and dolphins, dazzling sunsets and then a starry sky with no city lights to interfere.
Point Pinos Lighthouse in a foggy night - Pacific Grove Monterey Central CA
Out near the northernmost edge of the Monteray Peninsula is the Point Pinos Lighthouse. It was put into operation in February 1, 1855 and has been a beacon of light warning sailors of the potential rocky dangers off the California Pacific coast and it marks the southern tip of the Monterey Bay.
One of the main attractions of Point Pinos is the rich, diverse marine life along the rocky shore. The water is among the warmeston California's coast.
Point Reyes Lighthouse CA
Point Reyes Light is a lighthouse located on the Point Reyes Peninsula across the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco. California, United States.
The lightstation is, by official records, the windiest on the Pacific Coast and often blanketed by week-long periods of fog.
Point Vicente Lighthouse on the cliffs of Palos Verdes California
Standing on the most southwesterly point of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles, Point Vicente Lighthouse, operated since in 1926, has long been one of this area's jewels.
To the landsman, it is a scenic delight. To the mariner, the Light is an aid to navigation which marks the northern end of the Catalina Channel on southern California's Pacific coast. It is one of the biggest and brightest lights along the California coast.
Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse California - The world's oldest surfing museum
The original Santa Cruz Light was completed in 1869. Sea caves were forming under the cliffs and the lightstation had to be moved and was finally razed.
In 1965, 18-year-old Mark Abbott drowned while surfing at the northern shore of Monterey Bay near the point where the old Santa Cruz Lighthouse once was. Mark's parents built a brick lighthouse near the site of the old lightstation, but the new Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse is, again, threatened by erosion.
Yaquina Lighthouses - Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Oregon
'Situated at Yaquina, is an old deserted lighthouse. Its weather-beaten walls are wrapped in mystery. On an afternoon when the fog comes drifting in, it is the loneliest place in the world.'
So begins Lischen Miller's tale, 'The Haunted Lighthouse,' published in an 1899 issue of Pacific Monthly.
The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, a charming two-story clapboard structure, overlooks the northern side of the entrance to Yaquina Bay. It was deserted a mere three years after its light was first lit in 1871, and ever since has been the scene for many a ghostly tale.