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The geologically active plate boundary in California which causes faults and volcanoes has also caused a varied coastline, with rocky capes, sandbars, and sharp, jagged rocks just under the surface, waiting to snag the careless or lost navigator. Myriad lighthouses guard against these perils, keeping mariners safe.

  • St. George Reef Lighthouse, "The Dragon", 1892
  • Battery Point (originally Crescent City Lighthouse), Crescent City, 1856
  • Point Reyes Light, Point Reyes National Seashore, Northern California, 1870
  • Alcatraz Island Lighthouse, San Francisco Bay , 1854 and 1909
  • Point Bonita Lighthouse, 1855 and 1877
  • Point Sur Light, Big Sur, 1889
  • Old Point Loma, San Diego, 1855
  • Point Arena Lighthouse, Point Arena, 1870
  • Point Piños, Pacific Grove, 1855
  • The Farallon Island Light, 1856
  • Pigeon Point, Pescadero, 1872
  • Point Montara Light, Pacifica, 1900
  • Point Fermin, Los Angeles, 1874
  • Point Vicente Light, Rancho Palos Verdes, 1926
  • Angel’s Gate (Los Angeles Harbor) Light, Los Angeles, 1913
  • Long Beach Harbor Light, "the Robot Light", Long Beach, 1949
  • Anacapa Island
  • Battery Point Light
  • East Brother Light
  • Fort Point
  • Montara Light
  • Oxnard Harbour
  • Piedras Blancas
  • Point Cabrillo
  • Point Loma
  • Point Reyes Light
  • Port Hueneme
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Cruz Light
  • St.George lighthouse

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