Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:13 27 November 2012

Spooky Lighthouse on Palos Verdes

Photo of the lighthouse on Palos Verdes, CA

This is a great view on a perfect warm and clear November day of the Point Vicente Lighthouse in Palos Verdes, CA, just north of the Terranea Resort and south of Marina del Rey.  The photographer, our tour guide Jeff who, incidentally, grew up in Palos Verdes, loves to tell his private luxury tour guests seeing this exquisite part of the Los Angeles coastline the story of the spirit.

I remember seeing the apparition as a child.  It looked like a woman in a long flowing gown holding a lantern with an outstretched arm following the beam as it went around the tower.  The story was that she was the wife of sailor lost at sea awaiting his return. In those years that part of the hill was isolated and lonely, especially at night.  Sadly, when the lighthouse was renovated and the glass surrounding the lamp was changed, she disappeared.

Was the lady of the lighthouse an optical phenomenon caused by light from the 3rd degree Fresnel lens in its original 1926 glass housing or was it a spirit pining for its lover?  We’ll keep an eye on the structure during our future coast tours and let you know if we learn anything.

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