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Point Loma postcard face - click to enlarge

Point Loma postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Point Loma

State: CA
Year established: 1891
Latitude: 32 deg 39 min 54 sec N
Longitude: 117 deg 14 min 30 sec W
Height above sea level: 88 feet

Original construction:
70-ft white square pyramidal skeleton tower

1913: fog signal installed

automated in 1973; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
flashing white every 15 seconds, visible for 22 nautical miles; fog signal, 1 3-second horn blast every 30 seconds,

More information:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume 6 Pacific Coast and Pacific Islands, Pacific Coast and Outlying Pacific Islands, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 1