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Light, War, Well?
updated: Jan 17, 2013, 7:56 AM

By John Wiley

Does anyone on Edhat know if this is remnants of a light, war or well I saw at Point Conception? In my first post from the flight you can see where it is in relation to the 1881 lighthouse. In this view of the rocky point you can see that there's a foundation and two holes, one fenced with planks across it. Looking more closely from off the point you can see that the red area is a pile of bricks near the unfenced hole. In the closest view you can just make out what at full resolution are clearly bricks lining the fenced hole, presumably the source of the brick pile. So maybe that was an earlier brick lighthouse, or a well? Maybe the whole thing is a decommissioned missile silo from the cold war? I wonder if anyone's ever done a history of all the construction remnants out there.

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 COMMENT 364419 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 08:22 AM

I found an old photo that reveals what was there in the past, but since I'm not a paying member I'm not allowed to post the link.


 COMMENT 364422 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 08:24 AM

I have no answers, but those are super interesting photos! Hope someone knows and can share. :)


 COMMENT 364449 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 09:15 AM

So u can't tell us anyways?


 COMMENT 364453 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 09:21 AM

The existing light house on Pt Conception is the second one built on the point. I read the first one had to be moved further down the cliff to get below the fog line.


 COMMENT 364462 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 09:40 AM

I found a reference that says this was a first class, steam fog signal that was installed in 1872 for use when the fog was so low as to obscure the lighthouse.


 COMMENT 364465P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 09:41 AM

I read that the original lighthouse was destroyed by an earthquake in the late 1800's and was replaced by the current lighthouse.


 COMMENT 364500 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 10:25 AM

Those three planks really block off that hole well, :/

I was under the impression the current light house is the second one, like everyone has said here. But lowering it? Seems from the picture that the original spot would be lower, but it's hard to tell.

And maybe since it was a steam light house, they used the well for water not so efficiently blocked off with those planks


 COMMENT 364538 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 12:11 PM

419 Thanks for wanting to share that information. True you can't do a link without being a paid subscriber (I think that has to do with security, so Edhat can trace if someone did a sales or porn link etc). What I've seen people do though is to put the url on a separate line. That seems to be fine. It's just a direct link they don't allow.

I, and probably others, would enjoy seeing that old photo if you still feel like sharing it.


 COMMENT 364617 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 02:50 PM

Any geologist want to comment? Is our speculation reasonable that the hole is a well to supply water for the fog horn? Could there be water there?


 COMMENT 364669 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-17 05:05 PM

19, you could tell the rest of us where to look...or better yet, you could support the site and pay to join!


 COMMENT 364749P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 06:54 AM

419 As someone suggestedl, you could subscribe or even just tell us but seems you'd rather play games....


 COMMENT 364759 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 07:24 AM

The metal pole on the concrete foundation is the fog horn.
I remember looking into that cement gun placement looking thing. It was pretty dark, but I think it had some mechanical gear in it for the horn. The dark hole goes down and out the ocean side of the cliff face, a natural tunnel. In big swell it likely throws a plume of spray, but I don't recall ever seeing that from sea.


 COMMENT 364761 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 07:30 AM

It's a cistern. I was on the site last month with a Coast Guard guide.


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