Point Cabrillo

Mendocino Coast Model Railway and Historical Society

Train Show December 15th to 24th 2007 – Big Layout Operating

Point Cabrillo

#1  The Lighthouse  in 1911
#2 Point Cabrillo Lighthouse from the Mendocino Headlands
#3 Our model of the Point Cabrillo lighthouse flanked by the sacred cow
#4 Point Cabrillo Lighthouse and the Water Tower
#5 Point Cabrillo Lighthouse – the light works but, alas, we could not find a fresnel lens for her
#6 Log Train passing the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse
#7 Close up of the sacred cow (of which more later)
#8 Two 18 horse power gas kerosene engines and compressors powered the fog signal. These occupied the entire floor of the lighthouse.

Point Cabrillo lighthouse lies about halfway between Fort Bragg and Caspar. Click here for map of her location.

For more informtion and pictures, click here

Louis Hough, our Train Club’s long-time secretary wrote two excellent articles about Point Cabrillo lighthouse which were published in the Mendocino Beacon. Click the thumbnails on the right to read them. You may need to use your mouse to “drag” the image to read all the article.

The Point Cabrillo lighthouse is a little over a 100 years old – her glim (light) was first lit in 1909. The lighthouse is situated on top of a 50 foot bluff about two miles north of Mendocino. The location is of great historical significance. Less than a half mile to the north lies Frolic Cove the site of one of the most important shipwrecks on the Pacific Coast. Two miles to the south at the mouth of Big River is where the first lumber mill was built on the Mendocino Coast. Point Cabrillo is named after Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo the earliest navigator and explorer to visit the Pacific Coast of California. One of his lieutenants is reported to have sailed this coast in 1542 and may have named Cape Mendocino after the Spanish Governor of New Spain (Mexico) Antonio de Mendosa.