Lost Lighthouse Discovered a Coast Away

Enthusiast tracks down first beacon to employ a female lightkeeper
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2008 7:06 PM CDT
A lighthouse at Point Montara is shown in Montara, Calif., Wednesday, June 4, 2008. It used to be on Cape Cod.    (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – A lighthouse that once stood on a Cape Cod beach but was long thought destroyed has been found on a California cliff 3,000 miles away, the Cape Cod Times reports. The cast-iron lighthouse overlooked Wellfleet Harbor until 1925 when it was taken down and, locals thought, dismantled. Instead, an enthusiast examining old photos discovered that the Coast Guard moved it cross-country. It was the first to employ a female lightkeeper. 

"The story has always been that that little 30-foot lighthouse in Wellfleet was taken down and destroyed," said a lighthouse expert. "Here we are 80 some odd years later and it's been discovered. I think it's fantastic that it's not lost and gone."