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Photo Courtesy of:
U.S. Lighthouse Society
Collection / Donor:
ALCATRAZ ISLAND/SAN FRANCISCO BAY
City / Town:
OWNER & ACCESS
Owner / Manager:
USCG / NPS
Open to Public:
Light List Data:
Year Tower Established:
Tower Construction Material:
Height of light above mean high water, in feet:
Height, in feet, from base of structure to center of lantern:
Fog Signal Building?:
Fog Signal Bldg Construction Materials:
STORAGE BUILDING (1909) IN THE BASEMENT OF KEEPERS QUARTERS
Original Optic Type:
THIRD ORDER, FRESNEL
Year Original Lens Installed:
USCG Access to Optics:
- The name of this lighthouse is derived from "alcatraces" the Spanish word for pelican. However, this island is best known as the home of Al Capone and other notorious criminals. A federal penitentiary is also on the island. This light is the oldest major navigational light on the West Coast. For over 50 years, the lighthouse survived prison breakouts, riots and burning.
- 1906: The great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 severely damaged the original lighthouse.
- 1909: Original tower replaced.
- 1963: The light was automated in 1963.
- 2000: The lighthouse is now a museum and can be toured.
Jul 20, 2017