The Statehood of California had been established for about a year before the United States Coast Survey Party began taking notes on the tides of the Pacific Coast and it's geodetic connections to the Atlantic. This required the creation of eight lighthouses to be constructed. Inside the apex of one lighthouse can be seen through a protective grate at the Cabrillo National Monument where you can learn about French lenses used to project light, view living quarters of the light keepers and assistants. This a true historical sight worth a visit! Let us know after your visit if you could imagine your self tending to the light house, do you think you would enjoy it? We would love to know, share your visit with our front desk staff or let us know when you arrive you'd like to make a day trip there, for directions!