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Favorite thing: From Lincoln Park, you may notice a stubby white and red striped tube sticking up from the water about a half mile in the distance to the north. During my visit I couldn't figure out if this was part of an old sunken ship or some other oddity of the sea. After some research I discovered this is part of Mile Rocks Lighthouse, and it was constructed at the turn of the century to warn sailors of the dangerous rocks a the southern entrance to the Golden Gate and the San Francisco Bay.

The lighthouse was built on Mile Rock which, along with Little Mile Rock were known as Mile Rocks. Mile Rock is just 30 x 40 feet and had to be blasted to form a flat foundation for the lighthouse. The first section of the lighthouse, a 35-foot tall concrete pillar with four foot thick walls forms the base. Above this concrete section there were three steel rings each slighter smaller than the one below it, all capped by the lantern area. In 1966 the Coast Guard removed the lantern section and the top two steel rings, leaving just the concrete base and the first steel ring capped with a helicopter landing pad.

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  • Updated Apr 30, 2007
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