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10232. (mounted photo) New Light House, Point Loma, California c.1900.

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10232. (mounted photo) New Light House, Point Loma, California c.1900.

10232. (mounted photo) New Light House, Point Loma, California c.1900. Beginning on November 15, 1855, the Old Point Loma Lighthouse stood watch over the entrance to San Diego Bay for 36 years. What seemed to be a good location 422 feet above sea level, however, had a serious flaw. Fog and low clouds often obscured the light. So a new light station was needed. By the spring of 1890, two Victorian cottages, each flanked by its own cistern and privy, along with a concrete foundation for the lighthouse were completed. The 70 foot tubular lighthouse tower, manufactured by Phoenix Iron Company of Trenton, New Jersey, rolled into San Diego aboard two flatcars of the Southern California Railroad on July 5, 1890. The tower was off-loaded and strong wagons were employed to transport it to the point. During the month of August, the spiral staircase, central tube, and supporting framework were assembled to support the two-story lantern room. the lens was illuminated for the first time on March 23, 1891. Rare early view is unusually close and provides an unprecedented view of the light tower as an 45-star (1896-1907) American flag flies from a tall staff on the gallery. Image measures 3 ¾” x 8” on 5 ¾” x 10 ¾” mount. Clear, bright, a few marks and spots of foxing, edgewear to mount. (G+). $86.