Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with a $5 Ticket To the Past

In 1908, an English company packed the parts and pieces of a Fresnel Lens — with sparkling new leaded glass prisms — in several wooden crates and loaded them on a ship bound for California. A horse-drawn wagon with several strong men met the ship at Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg and hauled the lens […]
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In 1908, an English company packed the parts and pieces of a Fresnel Lens — with sparkling new leaded glass prisms — in several wooden crates and loaded them on a ship bound for California. A horse-drawn wagon with several strong men met the ship at Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg and hauled the lens boxes 6 miles south to Point Cabrillo.
A year later, the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse light — powered by kerosene oil — was lit for the first time before a cheering local crowd.
Fast forward to 2012. This weekend, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, aided by local volunteers, will guide visitors up three flights of stairs for an up close and personal view of the original third order Fresnel Lens.
Yes, it is the original and is one of only two Fresnel lenses in the U.S. still operating as a federal aid to navigation. Tours, which take place from 10 am to 4pm, Saturday, May 5, are $5 / person. Tours only take place four times a year, so don’t miss it.

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