Lighthouse Day celebrates bright and shining pieces of our past
Lighthouses were once essential to navigation on the high seas, but technology has rendered them almost obsolete. Still, these beacons of the night have a place in history and in our affection. On Aug. 7, 1789, Congress approved the construction of lighthouses, and it is on this day that National Lighthouse Day is commemorated, reminding us to hit the road (or the high seas) and rediscover active and historic lighthouses from California to the East Coast. Here's a sampling of what you'll find.
-- Mary Forgione
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Point Reyes, Calif.( Vani Rangachar / Los Angeles Times )
The Point Reyes Lighthouse at Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco is as remote as it gets. Visitors drive 45 minutes from the Bear Valley Visitor Center and then descend carefully to the solitary structure.