Virtual Guidebook to the Northern California Coast and Coast Ranges
Point Arena
Mendocino County California


Point Arena refers both to a small town and to the nearby point of land. At the tip of the peninsula stands a 115 foot lighthouse, restored and open to the public. More than 1000 acres of coastal prairie nearby was donated as open space by the Stornetta family.

The original ligthhouse here, made of stone and brick, was so badly damaged in the 1906 earthquake that it had to be torn down. The new tower uses a modern reinforced concrete design based on industrial chimneys. The double-bullseye first order Fresnel lens resides in the ligthouse msueum.



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Highway One is the town of Point Arena's main (and almost only) street

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At the base of the 115 foot concrete lighthouse tower

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NOT USED

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Looking west over the museum from the top of the lighthouse

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Looking east (inland) from the top of the ligthhouse

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A tiny garden shelters from the wind at the Point Arena Museum

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The first-order Fresnel lens dominates the museum at Point Arena

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The cliffs along the south side of Point Arena follow the San Andreas Rift Zone

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The generosity of the Stornetta family (Clover Stornetta Dairy) has preserved a large block of land at Point Arena

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The pier in Point Arena Cove is descended from a series dating back to the 1880's

(June 27, 2011)


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