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April 19, 2006
From journal The Real "Surf City" of California...
by Armed With Passport
Miromar Lakes, Florida
June 4, 2002
The original lighthouse was built with state funding back in 1868. It was made of wood and has a tower containing a white light to warn boats of the dangerous rocks below. The light was changed to red subsequently to distinguish the lighthouse beacon from the redidential lights nearby. During World War II, the lighthouse tower was used as a lookout base. In 1948, the United States Coast Guard took down the original lighthouse.
The most interesting thing about the lighthouse is actually not its history, but the Santa Cruz Surfers' Museum lodged inside. The beach directly below on the grounds of Lighthouse Field State Beach is home to one of the most fabled surfing spots in the contiguous forty-eight, "Steamer Lane". It was only fitting that this quirky town of surfers and unconventional Californians start a surfers museum near this spot.
Inside you will find gnarly artifacts from over 100 years of surfing, including an old longboard made from a redwood plank and old photos and videos of our surfing forefathers (and mothers).
You can make your way down through Lighthouse Field State Beach after your visit and watch the surfers ride in on some of California's best waves.
The museum is open from noon to four p.m. Thrusday through Monday. Admission is free.
From journal Touring the Monterey Peninsula - Part I - Santa Cruz