Battery Point Lighthouse

Crescent City, California
First Lit: December 10, 1856

The Battery Point Lighthouse was lit for the first time on December 10 of 1856, off the coast of Crescent City in northern California. The lighthouse was built on a small islet, connected to shore by an isthmus, and only accessible at low tides.

In 1964, the most devastating tsunami ever recorded on the west coast of America swept through the town of Crescent City, causing death and destruction in its wake. Miraculously, the lighthouse was not destroyed by the waves that sank the town of Crescent City. The lightkeepers watched as the town was destroyed, killing 11 people, toppling 91 homes and costing over 7 million dollars in repairs.