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Baker Beach and Miles Rock Lighthouse - San Francisco California

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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.

 

Darv

 

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Taken on January 19, 2010