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Yerba Buena postcard face - click to enlarge

Yerba Buena postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Yerba Buena

State: CA
Year established: 1875
Latitude: 37 deg 48 min 27 sec N
Longitude: 122 deg 21 min 40 sec W
Height above sea level: 95 feet

Original construction:
wooden octagonal tower atop Victorian dwelling

automated in 1958; active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
occulting white every 4 seconds, visible for 14 nautical miles, fog horn: one 3-second 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. 50