San Luis Obispo Lighthouse

San Luis Obispo, California - 1890 (1890**)

Photo of the San Luis Obispo Lighthouse.

History of the San Luis Obispo Lighthouse

San Luis Obispo lighthouse marks the San Luis Obispo Bay. At one time it housed a fourth-order Fresnel Lens. The lighthouse was automated in 1974, and less than two years later, it was replaced with a light on a steel pole. The original Fresnel lens is now at the San Luis Obispo Historic Museum in town. Rumor has it that this lighthouse will be turned into a bed and breakfast.

Directions: From Highway 1 / 101 north of Pismo Beach, look for Avila Beach Drive. Follow this west for about 4 miles to Diablo Canyon Road. Once on Diablo Canyon Road, it will be only a short distance to Lighthouse Road. Follow Lighthouse Road 1.6 miles to the end.

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Tower Information
Tower Height: 40.00'
Focal Plane: Unknown
Active Aid to Navigation: Deactivated (1975)
*Latitude: 35.16035 N
*Longitude: -120.76085 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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