Baker Beach and Miles Rock Lighthouse - San Francisco California
As it grew dark I left the Golden Gate Bridge (see previous posting) and
headed over the hill to Baker Beach for the sunset. As usual it was another
great sunset with some really large thundering surf. As I looked out to
sea, I noted this flat platform on the water that seemed to break up the
horizon and was a bit distracting. Upon returning home, I Googled the item
to find out what it was for and what it was called. Turns out it was the
base of the Miles Rock Lighthouse which was built around 1904.
The platform was originally a large rock sticking up out of the water about
a half mile from the nearest coast. The rock posed a hazard to shipping so
a lighthouse was built upon the rock after a ship sank near the location.
By 1966 the Coast Guard decided the Miles Rock Lighthouse was too expensive
and dangerous to maintain so it was torn down and turned in to a helicopter
pad for the current automated beacon and fog horn. The first order Fresnel
lens which adorn the lighthouse was sent to serve in San Diego.
Wondering what it would have looked like had the lighthouse remained atop
the rock, I took some artistic license and with the magic of Photoshop
replaced the lighthouse. Using the current platform as a basis the
lighthouse should appear about the correct size. Sad that the artistic
lighthouse was not maintained as a historic landmark.
© Darvin Atkeson