Point Cabrillo under construction

The Point Cabrillo lighthouse is a little over a 100 years old – her glim (light) was first lit in 1909. The lighthouse is situated on top of a 50 foot bluff about two miles north of Mendocino and is in full operating condition. One of our members, Joe Green, acts as a docent there.

This photo, the only one I know of that shows her under construction, must have been taken in 1908 or 1909 – 110 years ago!

Point Cabrillo lighthouse under construction

Point Cabrillo lighthouse under construction

Point Cabrillo Photos

Point Cabrillo is one of the iconic features of the Mendocino Coast. I have been collecting what I consider to be the best pics for as long as I have been the author of these sites. These are a few of the more recent, in my view, incredible photos:

Point Cabrillo Light Station by Bruce Rogerson and Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association

Cover of Book

Cover of Book

This is a book of photographs with modest but very informative text. It traces the history of the lighthouse, shows how the lens of the Point Cabrillo lighthouse was refurbished, describes the neighbours of the lighthouse as well as showing pictures of a selection of the sail and steam schooners that used the Point Cabrillo lighthouse to stay safe from the plentiful and very dangerous rocks along the coast of the Mendocino Coast.

The book is one of the Images of America Series published by Arcadia Publishing. I wish that the book had been published before Colin Menzies built the model of Point Cabrillo Lighthouse that now adorns Club Member Mike Aplet fantastic diorama of Point Cabrillo and the Frolic foundering on the rocks below the lighthouse. Why? On pages 44 and 45 of the book is a scale drawing of Point Cabrillo. Colin’s model was built from photos with measurements supplied by yours truly. Twas I who made 20 odd visits to Point Cabrillo armed with a tape measure to get the data Colin needed. If we had had a copy of the scale drawing my legs would be a couple of inches longer!!!!

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse Model

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse Model

Point Cabrillo Diorama for the G Scale Mendocino Model Railroad & Navigation Co.

Clubmember Mike Aplet has been building a diorama showing the wreck of the Frolic on the rocks below the Point Cabillo lighthouse. Over the past couple of weeks he has begun texturing the “rocks” which are made completely of scrap redwood.

Rocks carved from scrap redwood

Rocks carved from scrap redwood

Mike took these three photos recently to show the progress he has made:

Here you can see the washes that have been applied so far

Here you can see the washes that have been applied so far

You can see the unfinished waves crashing up the cliff.

Here’s the deatail adjacent to the lighthouse:

Afternoon teas is being served

Afternoon teas is being served

Club member Lynda Davis is a surfer and has a red jeep. So, husband Frank decided she should “star” on the layout:

Lynda with surf board ready for action

Lynda with surf board ready for action

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse on the Mendocino Coast in Northern California

The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse is situated about half way between Fort Bragg and Mendocino near Caspar. Check here for map. The lighthouse “opened for business” in 1909 and is still going strong. In whale watching season it’s a great place to go.

Club member Mike Aplet is building an incredible diorama of Point Cabrillo for our layout – more on that when it is finished.

Club member Roger Thornburn and his wife Nancy help keep Point Cabrillo in pristine condition and club member Joe Green works hard in the Point Cabrillo gift shop.

As one of the Mendocino Coast’s places to visit it gets photographed a lot. Many of the pics I have seen are much of a muchness. Relatively recently though I have come across a few which stand out:

Shot from the headlands at Mendocino with Point Cabrillo in the distance

Shot from the headlands at Mendocino with Point Cabrillo in the distance

Point Cabrillo

Point Cabrillo

Point Cabrillo on a wet day

Point Cabrillo on a wet day

Storm coming in

Storm coming in

The glim at sunset

The glim at sunset

Point Cabrillo at Sunset

Point Cabrillo at Sunset

Remarkable night shot on a foggy night

Remarkable night shot on a foggy night

Pay a visit if you are up our way.

 

The Pomo at Point Cabrillo

Our club, the Mendocino Coast Model Railroad and Historical Society, has connections with the folks who volunteer at nearby Point Cabrillo lighthouse. Club member Joe Green works at the Gift Shop; Roger Thornburn, our website guru and his wife, Nancy, help with the maintenance and the gardens respectively. Joe told me that the historical displays had been updated and were first class. As I had not visited the lighthouse since I was quite sick I persuaded my wife Sarah to take a hike to see if what Joe had told me was right.

Point Cabrillo lighthouse must be one of the most photographed “things” along the Mendocino Coast – witness these shots:

Point Cabrillo at Sunset

Point Cabrillo at Sunset

Shot from the headlands at Mendocino with Point Cabrillo in the distance

Shot from the headlands at Mendocino with Point Cabrillo in the distance

Point Cabrillo

Point Cabrillo

Just had Joe had told me the exhibits inside the lighthouse were beautifully presented. There was a small but informative display about the Pomo as well as nice section and model of the Frolic. Check out our website here if you don’t know how the wreck of the frolic was the event that opened up the Mendocino Coast to logging.

One snippet on one of the displays really got me going …… “The region encompassing today’s Point Cabrillo reserve was favoured by the Mi-toam’ Kai Pomo (Wooded Valley People) ………… within the 300 acre Preserve there are 18 prehistoric sites.” I was totally freaked out that just one sentence was devoted to what must be a major historical site. I decided on the way home that greatly enhancing our website section on the Pomo is going way up there on my to-do list.