Point Bonita Lighthouse
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA 94123
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After taking a bunch of shots of Bird Island, we ventured down south on the walking path to the Point Bonita Lighthouse, which is the southern most point of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. If you go any further you would fall right into the opening of the San Francisco Bay. Of all the lighthouses lining the coast of California, Point Bonita was the last manned lighthouse. It also had the first fog signal on the West Coast and up until 1940 could be accessed over ground until erosion washed it away, requiring the suspension bridge. It is the only lighthouse to ever need a bridge to get to it. When it was originally built in 1855, at 306 feet above sea level, fog covered up the lighthouse not allowing ships to see it from sea. So in 1877 it was moved to its now location and built to only 124 feet above sea level. Unfortunately when we got there, the bridge was closed, for it is only open few days of the week with limited hours. But this turned out great, for with no people in the shot, I like it even more.
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