Day 13 – The Green Giants of Northern California


Norther California’s Lighthouse and Green Giants

Today. we revisited the Battery Point Lighthouse. The harbor at Crescent City was booming during the mid-1800s due to massive redwood trees. They were being harvested and loaded onto ships to build San Francisco. The local population successfully petitioned the Government to build a lighthouse at the point. The lighthouse, a stone two-story cottage with a attached brick tower through the center roof, was built at the tip of Battery Point on some rocks jutting out of the Pacific.

Because of this location, the station was always in peril. One such event occurred in 1879. A heavy storm rolled in off the Pacific and sent a huge wave towards the lighthouse. The wave was so powerful, it knocked in the wall of the kitchen, which in turn knocked the stove over. The stove set the kitchen on fire, luckily for the keeper, another wave quickly followed and put out the fire.

And an old story said that the lighthouse is haunted, but no one seems to know exactly by whom and why. There is believed to be at least one resident ghost which is playful. A paranormal research group that investigated the Battery Point Lighthouse believes it is haunted not by one playful ghost, but by three: a child and two adult spectres!

Some of the haunting activity being reported occurs when visitors are given a tour. Some guests have experienced being touched on their shoulders, and sensing a presence. Caretakers report having their slippers moved at night while asleep, a rocking chair moving back and forth on its own, and sea boots trudging up the haunted lighthouse stairway, as if still on duty; especially during times of storms! Even cats at this lighthouse have acted strangely during times of ghostly activity. They maybe the guardians of the lighthouse.

Directions: From Highway 101 in Crescent City, head west on Front Street and follow that to the end. Then make a left onto South A Street and follow that to the end to a parking area for the lighthouse.

Our day continued within the forest of the Green Giants.  We took some short hikes in the Redwoods National and State Parks.  We were amazed how tall the trees are.

The Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP) are located in the United States, along the coast of northern California. Comprising Redwood National Park (established 1968) and California’s Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Parks (dating from the 1920s), the combined RNSP contain 133,000 acres (540 km2). Located entirely within Del Norte and Humboldt Counties, the four parks, together, protect 45% of all remaining coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) old-growth forests, totaling at least 38,982 acres (157.75 km2). These trees are the tallest and one of the most massive tree species on Earth. In addition to the redwood forests, the parks preserve other indigenous flora, fauna, grassland prairie, cultural resources, portions of rivers and other streams, and 37 miles (60 km) of pristine coastline.

Join us as we explore the Land of the Green Giants.


More information:  Lighthousefriends / Battery Point Light

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