San Pedro - A Whale of a Town

American Merchant Marine Veterans Memorial 

Angel's Gate

Angel's Gate
Recreation Center

The Arcade Building 

Assistance League
of San Pedro
Post Office

Averill Park 

Banning Residence

(Old) Beacon Street

Bogdanovich Park 

Cabrillo Beach 

Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse 

Cabrillo Marina 

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium 

Danish Castle 

Dodson House 

Drum Barracks
Civil War Museum

Fireboat #2 

Fishing Industry Memorial 

Fishermen's Wharf 

Fort MacArthur 

Fort MacArthur Military Museum 

Friendship Park 

Harbor View House 

Harbor View Cemetery 

Korean Bell 

Los Angeles Maritime Museum 

Marine Mammal Care Center 

Muller House Museum 

Old St. Peter's Episcopal Church 

Old San Pedro 

Peck House 

Point Fermin Lighthouse 

Point Fermin Park 

Point Vicente Interpretive Center 

Point Vicente Lighthouse 

Ports O' Call Village 

Post Office 

Royal Palms State Beach 

SS Lane Victory 

South Coast Botanic Garden 


The Trolley 

22nd Street Landing 

U.S.S. Los Angeles Naval Memorial 

Vincent Thomas Bridge 

Warner Grand Theatre 

Wayfarer's Chapel 

Worldport LA 


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Point Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site and Museum Point Fermin Lighthouse

Built in 1874 with lumber from California redwoods and a Fresnel Lens brought around Cape Horn by sailing ships. For its time, this Victorian lighthouse was a palatial structure, crowned with a cupola fitted with a 2,100-candlepower light. Miss Mary L. Smith, the first, lighthouse keeper, lived with her sister, but they gave up the lonely occupation because there were no other settlers nearer than Wilmington. In the 1880's, when Captain George Shaw was keeper, the lighthouse was the scene of many parties.

In 1898, a petroleum vapor incandescent lamp was installed; then, in 1925, a new 6,600 candlepower electric light which projected a beam 22 miles out to sea. Because it did not have a fog-signalling apparatus, it was a one-keeper station until 1941 when all coastal lights were extinguished as protection against enemy attacks. The lens lantern and gallery were replaced by an ugly lookout shack which remained for the next thirty years.

After the war, the light remained off, and radar and direction finders took over sentry and signaling duties. The structure fell into disuse and disrepair until a new lantern and gallery were built by volunteers, restoring it to its original charm just in time for a centennial celebration in 1974. Today, Point Fermin Lighthouse is one of San Pedro's most recognized landmarks and was used for the San Pedro Centennial logo.

This graceful Victorian-style building surrounded by colorful flower gardens, is one to the oldest lighthouses on the west coast. It was built in 1874 and served as an aid to safe passage between the Channel Islands and into the harbor for nearly one hundred years. The land for the lighthouse was donated by Jose Diego Sepulveda.

The Lighthouse is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The Lighthouse is closed to the public on Mondays. The Lighthouse may be closed on major holidays and for special events in the park, please call ahead for specific dates. Guided tours are offered every hour at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 P.M. on Tuesday through Sunday. Large groups or private tours should call ahead for special arrangements. Reservations are not necessary for the general public.

General admission is free; however, a donation is requested for each visitor. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and children less than 40 inches in height may not be admitted to the tower. For more information please call: (310) 241-0684.

Point Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site and Museum
807 W. Paseo Del Mar
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 241-0684

Due to the recent Coastal Landslide you will not be able to go through Paseo Del Mar from Western Avenue, however you can get to the Lighthouse going south on Gaffey Street or take Pacific Avenue south till it ends at Shepard Street. Take a right on Shepard Street and a left on Gaffey Street.

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Official Point Fermin Lighthouse Historic Site and Museum

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