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Point Fermin Light - San Pedro - Southern California
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Its rugged Monterey-style bluffs, its 1874 lighthouse, its backdrop of cliffs and surf, with pelicans soaring overhead, its vistas, its charismatic winds, the 1974 movie "Chinatown" and many other films have made San Pedro's Point Fermin in southern California a popular location known worldwide.
Restored to its original configuration, Point Fermin Lighthouse is built in a variant of the Queen Anne architectural style known as Stick Style. This style was used for six American lighthouses built between 1873 and 1874, of which only two others are still standing. It sits literally at the southernmost tip of Los Angeles at the southern end of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Point Fermin Lighthouse overlooks a picturesque stretch of coastline. The view from the tower is one of the finest obtainable on this section of California's southern coast. Southwestards, as far as the eye can see, is the limitless stretch of blue ocean, sparkling and scintillating in the golden sunshine like a liquid sapphire encrusted with diamonds, and the tender turquoise of the sky blends into the deeper blue of the sea in a faint, filmy mist. Out toward the southwest lies Catalina, the gray-blue peaks to the little island standing out softly against the sky. Turning in the direction of San Pedro Harbor, and following the curving shore line, white in the distance, the cottages of Terminal Island, Long Beach and Alamitos can be plainly seen, nestling confidingly along the bluff. In the middle distance you catch a glimpse of the San Pedro breakwater, reaching out of Deadman's Island as if to soften its dreary desolation and to link it to the shore. To the west is the long, broken shore line, with its sharp, rocky points projecting into the sea, while to the east Sentinel Rock stands 30 feet high and 30 feet from the cliff
March 17th, 2011
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