The Old Point Loma Lighthouse. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The 126th anniversary of the closing of the old Point Loma Lighthouse will be celebrated Wednesday at the Cabrillo National Monument.

The facility was in service for 36 years beginning in 1855, but at times its light, at 422 feet above sea level, became obscured by clouds and fog, according to the National Park Service. It was shut down on March 23, 1891, in favor of a newer lighthouse closer to the water.

The old lighthouse’s interior has been refurbished to its 1800s appearance and is available for public viewing. The top of the tower is only open to the public three times a year — including Wednesday.

Visitors will be allowed to the top platform, which offers spectacular views, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No bags will be allowed up the tower, but storage will be provided at no cost. There is a minimum height requirement to reach the platform.

The catch — the top will be closed if the lightning forecast actually develops or other extreme weather occurs. In that event, other rooms will be open for viewing.

The festivities will also include activities hosted by former Cabrillo artist in residence Anne Chaitin. Volunteers in period dress will bring the 19th century to life with stories, music, costumes and props, and the restored Command Bunker will also be open and staffed with living history volunteers as well.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.