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

VIPs Needed for Open Tower Day

Help celebrate the NPS Founder’s Day by volunteering to assist with Open Tower Day on August 25. Please sign up in Volgistics if you can help out. As a reminder, the Open Tower Days each year are: 22 March – Anniversary of the light being extinguished for the last time (1891) 25 August – National Park Service Founder’s Day 15 November – Anniversary of the light being … Continue reading VIPs Needed for Open Tower Day

Did You Know…Lighthouse Talking Points

This lighthouse is not a memorial to Robert Israel. He was one of thousands of men (and women) who served as Lighthouse Keepers. Our Long-Range Interpretive Plan emphasizes our primary theme of representing the U.S. Light House Establishment, its people and its buildings, not one man or one lighthouse. Our lighthouse is an interpretive archetype, not an individual memorial. This lighthouse honors all Keepers who … Continue reading Did You Know…Lighthouse Talking Points

Open Tower Day Postponed

Open Tower Day was scheduled for this Wednesday, 22 March. However, the forecast is calling for a 90% chance of rain, and it appears it may be pretty heavy. For safety reasons, and to protect our historic lighthouse, we will be postponing Open Tower Day to Wednesday, 19 April 2017.   However, visitors who come this Wednesday will still be able to participate in special activities. … Continue reading Open Tower Day Postponed

Howe I Love Brandywine


I hope you enjoyed the full moon the other day.  Sunsets are always great to watch but during this time of the year don’t forget to look behind you. With good inversion conditions, Cumulonimbus clouds provide a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the colors of the back sunset.  The school year is here, lots of little feet will be prancing along.  Thanks for your help and patience!

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Great Founder’s Day!

Greetings VIPs! We had a marvelous observance of the National Park Service’s 98th birthday at the park today. The staff and volunteers did a phenomenal job handling the large crowds, ensuring that 573 visitors were able to safely view the lens and tower. We had a lot of good press (thanks Gerrie for sending out the teaser).  Many people watched the newscast this morning and … Continue reading Great Founder’s Day!