The lighthouse was actually the second light to mark Humboldt Bay. The first was constantly threatened by nature, and was replaced in 1892. The second lighthouse was built on Table Bluff. Although only standing a squat 35 feet tall, the light was visible up to 20 miles away thanks to its fourth order lens and the elevation of the bluff.
The lighthouse was automated in the 1950s, and taken out of service in 1975. The private party it was given to left it in a state of neglect. A group of volunteers came forward with a plan to save it. From what I have read, the tower was cut into two pieces and moved to Woodley Island near Eureka, California. It is a tourist attraction today.
When this lighthouse was built in 1892, it originally had an attached keeper's dwelling. It was later removed. Special thanks to Michael jackman for the photo.
Directions: From Highway 101 in Eureka, take Route 255 north to Startare Drive. Follow Startare Drive to the end. In the marina will be the Table Bluff Lighthouse.View more Table Bluff Lighthouse pictures