Santa Cruz Lighthouse

Santa Cruz, California - 1967 (1869**)

Photo of the Santa Cruz Lighthouse.

History of the Santa Cruz Lighthouse

U.S. Coast Guard Archive Photo of the original Santa Cruz Light 1889 Santa Cruz Lighthouse (Courtesy Coast Guard)

This is not the original Santa Cruz lighthouse built in 1889. I read somewhere that a couple built this light as a memorial to their son who drown off this point surfing. That is why it now houses a surfing museum. Notice the guy with the multi-color surf board standing in front of the lighthouse?

Directions: One in the City of Santa Cruz on Highway 1 (called Mission Street), look for Bay Street. Take Bay Street towards the ocean. This will end at West Cliff Drive. Make a right onto West Cliff Drive and follow that south towards Lighthouse State Beach. The lighthouse will be on the grounds of the State Beach.

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Tower Information
Tower Height: 39.00'
Focal Plane: 60'
Active Aid to Navigation: Unknown
*Latitude: 36.95145 N
*Longitude: -122.02670 W
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* Please note that all GPS coordinates are approximated and are meant to put you in the vicinity of the lighthouse, not for navigation purposes.

** This year denotes a station date. This is the year that a lighthouse was first reported in the vicinity or at that location.

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