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For­mally lit on Dec. 1, 1870, af­ter a 15-year land dis­pute, Point Reyes Light Sta­tion in Marin County, Cal­i­for­nia, sits on a jagged piece of land the Coast Guard once called the “windi­est and fog­gi­est on the Pa­cific Coast.” The area is of­ten buf­feted by 75- to 100-mph winds and locked in fog for a week at a time. The 16-sided struc­ture is 37 feet tall, and the fo­cal plane of the light is 294 feet above the Gulf of the Far­al­lones. The light was elec­tri­fied in 1938 and au­to­mated in 1975.

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