BLM, partners hosting events to celebrate 150th anniversary of Trinidad Lighthouse


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California Coastal National Monument at Trinidad Head lighthouse.

TRINIDAD, Calif. – Guided walks, living history performances, and a book signing are highlights of a celebration marking the 150th anniversary of the Trinidad Lighthouse set for Saturday, Dec. 4, at the historic lighthouse on Trinidad Head.  Events run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants can meet for tours and information at the Trinidad Civic Club tent at the Memorial Lighthouse parking area.  From there, members of the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust will lead half-mile walks to the
still-functioning historic lighthouse where there will be informational exhibits and opportunities to enter the lighthouse to experience stunning views of the Pacific Ocean coastline. 

Living history performances will occur between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Kimberly Buckmaster, a daughter of a Trinidad Lighthouse keeper, will speak at 12:45 p.m., and a U. S. Coast Guard representative will be available to present information on how the lighthouse continues to aid navigation for today’s ocean-going vessels.  

The hike from the Memorial Lighthouse site to the historic lighthouse follows a paved trail with a moderately steep section.  Those with walking difficulties can reserve a time for assistance by calling 707-834-3089 in advance of the event.

The Bureau of Land Management Arcata Field Office is hosting the event in partnership with the Trinidad Museum Society, the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust and the City of Trinidad.  The lighthouse began functioning in 1871 with an oil-fired light.  The Coast Guard transferred the lighthouse and its 13-acre parcel to the BLM in 2014.  An electronic light continues to flash signals to vessels at sea.

Trinidad head is part of the California Coastal National Monument, one of the 28 national monuments managed by the BLM as part of its conservation mission and partnership with communities.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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