Welcome back: The Point Reyes Lighthouse in Northern California reopens

California Journal

The historic Point Reyes Lighthouse in Northern California reopens today to the public after being closed for 15 months for restoration.

Jutting 10 miles into the Pacific Ocean, the oft fog-enshrouded lighthouse starred in 1980 cult-classic movie The Fog. Decommissioned in 1975, the lighthouse contains the nation’s only brass clockwork mechanism and first-order Fresnel lens in their original place.

In addition to the 148-year-old lighthouse, the visitor center, observation deck and other areas also will be open, according to the National Park Service. In August 2018, I wrote about the temporary closing of the lighthouse.

The $5 million restoration project began on Aug. 6 and was scheduled to be completed this October, but was delayed. Cicely Muldoon, superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore, said in a July 2018 news release that the lighthouse was “showing its age” and “long-deferred maintenance” needed to be undertaken.

Restoration included new concrete walkways, restoration and replacement of the 1,032 crystal pieces that comprise the Fresnel lens and updating indoor and outdoor exhibit panels.

Credit of featured photograph at top: Rshao via Wikimedia Commons

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