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Point Montara Lighthouse

Point Montara Lighthouse

Point Montara Lighthouse

Today, I photographed a couple of locations on the coast, including the Point Montara Light, a lighthouse in Montara, California, a community on Highway 1 that is about 25 miles south of San Francisco. The Light Station is also the location of a hostel. The Point Montara Light is just a little south of Montara State Beach.

The Point Montara Lighthouse was first established in 1875 and originally had a kerosene lantern, which was upgraded to a fourth order Fresnel lens in 1912. The tower of the lighthouse in Montara was first built in Wellfleet, Massachusetts as the Mayo Beach Lighthouse. When the lighthouse in Wellfleet was discontinued, the tower was moved to Yerba Buena and moved and rebuilt as the Point Montara Light station in 1928. The lens was transferred to the San Mateo Historical Society when the lighthouse was automated in 1970.

In 2001, the hostel at the Point Montara Light was used as a location in the film “Bandits,” which stars Bruce Willis, Cate Blanchett, and Billy Bob Thorton. The location was converted to resemble a small roadside inn.

I will add a photo of the lighthouse to this blog entry when the photos have been processed. (Done.)

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