Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Contact Address Information:
Fort Mason, Building 201
Alcatraz Island was the site of the west coast's first lighthouse. The present lighthouse is adjacent to a former fort and prison.
Tower Height: 84
Height of Focal Plane: 214
Characteristic and Range: White flash every 5 seconds.
Description of Tower: Reinforced concrete octagonal/pyramidal tower with masonry foundation.
This light is operational
1909 storage building. 1909 keeper's quarters destroyed by fire in 1970.
1854: Cape Cod style dwelling with brick tower in center. 1909: Lighthouse was torn down to make room for maximum security prison.
Date Established: 1854 (6/1/1854)
Date Present Tower Built: 1909
Date Automated: 1963
Optics: 1854: Third order Fresnel lens; 1902: Fourth order Fresnel lens.
Fog Signal: Originally bell; now electric Klaxon automated fog signal.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation, in National Park.
Open To Public? Grounds only.
There is a visitor center on the island.
Tours to Alcatraz Island leave Pier 41 at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Phone (415) 705-5555 or (415) 773-1188, or see www.blueandgoldfleet.com for prices and schedules. An audio tour is available.
Mapquest URL: Click here to get a map to this lighthouse!
Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places
Keepers: Michael Gafsin (Cafsin ?) (1854-1855), John Sloan (1855-1860), Jacob Lerner (1860-?), B.F. Leeds (c. 1906).