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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 in Point Arena

Highway One in Point Arena

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

Point Arena, California

Date photographed: June 27, 2011
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Point Arena Lighthouse

Point Arena Lighthouse

At the base of the 115 foot concrete lighthouse tower

Point Arena, California

Date photographed: June 27, 2011
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West from Point Arena Lighthouse

West from Point Arena Lighthouse

Looking west over the museum from the top of the lighthouse

Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum, California

Date photographed: June 27, 2011
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East from Point Arena Lighthouse

East from Point Arena Lighthouse

Looking east (inland) from the top of the ligthhouse

Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum, California

Date photographed: June 27, 2011
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Outside the Point Arena Museum

Outside the Point Arena Museum

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

Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum, California

Date photographed: June 27, 2011
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Point Arena Lighthouse Museum

Point Arena Lighthouse Museum

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

Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum, California

Date photographed: June 27, 2011
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Point Arena Cliffs

Point Arena Cliffs

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

Point Arena, California

Date photographed: June 27, 2011
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Stornetta Public Lands

Stornetta Public Lands

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

Stornetta Pubic Lands, Point Arena, California

Date photographed: June 27, 2011
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Point Arena Pier

Point Arena Pier

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

Arena Cove at Point Arena, California

Date photographed: June 27, 2011
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