Yerba Buena Light

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Yerba Buena Light
Yerba Buena Light is located in California
Yerba Buena Light
Location San Francisco Bay, California
Coordinates 37°48′26″N 122°21′41″W / 37.80722°N 122.36139°W / 37.80722; -122.36139Coordinates: 37°48′26″N 122°21′41″W / 37.80722°N 122.36139°W / 37.80722; -122.36139
Year first constructed 1875
Year first lit 1875
Automated 1958
Foundation Masonry
Construction Wood
Tower shape Octagonal & cylindrical
Height 25 feet (7.6 m)
Original lens Fifth order Fresnel lens
Characteristic white light occulted every 4 s
Admiralty number G4140
ARLHS number USA-908
USCG number


Yerba Buena Island Lighthouse
Nearest city San Francisco, California
Area 2.7 acres (1.1 ha)
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival, Stick/Eastlake, Lighthouse
Governing body COAST GUARD
MPS Light Stations of California MPS
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP September 03, 1991

Yerba Buena Lighthouse is a lighthouse in California, United States, in the San Francisco Bay on Yerba Buena Island, California


The island’s lighthouse connection began in 1873 when the Lighthouse Service moved the district's depot from Mare Island to the southeast side of Yerba Buena Island. In 1875 construction was completed on the 25-foot (7.6 m) tower with a fifth order Fresnel lens. In 1886 another fifth order lens replaced the previous one. In 1933, a tunnel was bored through Yerba Buena Island to serve as a link between the east and west sections of the Oakland Bay Bridge. The light was automated by the United States Coast Guard in 1958. It is currently an active aid to navigation and not open to the public. Now that the lighthouse is automated, the former keeper’s quarters are now the home of the Coast Guard District Commander.



  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 

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