Twin sisters Kim Fahlen (left) and Karen Scanlon clean the Fresnel lens in the tower of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, Nov. 2, 2017. (Susan Murphy/KPBS)

VIPs Karen and Kim Help Out Point Luis Lighthouse

Point San Luis Lighthouse museum’s lens gets some love (From ksby.com – September 27, 2022) The Point San Luis Lighthouse’s original 4th order lens has been around since 1878. The light no longer shines but is now on display at the top of Point San Luis.  Cleaning a 144-year-old lens takes someone who knows exactly what they’re doing. Lucky for this lighthouse, it got two — … Continue reading VIPs Karen and Kim Help Out Point Luis Lighthouse

People stand in line along a concrete pathway. A white building and the ocean are in the background.

🎂Happy 90th Birthday🎈, Patricia Dudley Goulart, CNM VIP and Lighthouse Brat🎁

By Karen Scanlon Few people living today claim the distinction of being a ‘lighthouse brat’. These are the children of lighthouse keepers. But one such East County resident, and CNM volunteer, Patricia Dudley Goulart, makes this very assertion. Patricia grew up at the lower Point Loma Light Station. Her father, James Eliot Dudley, was assistant keeper at the time of her birth 90 years ago … Continue reading 🎂Happy 90th Birthday🎈, Patricia Dudley Goulart, CNM VIP and Lighthouse Brat🎁

Open Tower Day – November 15, 2019

Open Tower Day was held on November 15. Thank you to all the people who helped make this a success. The format was changed this year to use a ticketing system. Groups were led through the lighthouse, ten at a time. The weather was perfect and everyone had a good time. This new system for Open Tower Day might lead to the possibility of having … Continue reading Open Tower Day – November 15, 2019

Volunteers in Period clothing for Open Tower Day

Open Tower Day – August 25, 2019

Open Tower Day was held on August 25, 2019. This is one of three days the tower is open to the public. This date corresponds with the birthday of the National Park Service. As always, on the birthday of the NPS, visitors are allowed into the park for free. This year, August 25 occurred on a Sunday, so not only was it a fee free … Continue reading Open Tower Day – August 25, 2019

Keepers’ Kids Recall Christmas on Point Loma

By Karen Scanlon Today, Santa is hard-pressed to find a suitable lofty entry at the lighthouse dwellings on Point Loma. Fireplaces that once warmed every room have been removed. But in the glory days of government-appointed keepers, chimneys a-plenty rose through the rooftops. Kids living at Point Loma Light Station in the 1930s and ‘40s didn’t realize, at the time, that they were special. That … Continue reading Keepers’ Kids Recall Christmas on Point Loma