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Ribicon Point lights up

The Rubicon Point Lighthouse at D. L. State Park will be relighted for one evening only from 7 to 11 p.m. July 7. The light, which will flash approximately once every second, may be visible from various points around Lake Tahoe.

This is the first time it has been lit in 80 years. In its heyday the Rubicon Point Lighthouse was the highest elevation maritime navigation light in the world. In 1916 the U.S. Congress appropriated funds to construct navigational lamps at Lake Tahoe, a decision that followed three years of requests by the Lake Tahoe Protective Association. Construction of the Rubicon Point Lighthouse took place in 1919 under the director of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Lighthouse Service.

In 1921, upon the request of the Lake Tahoe Railway and Transportation Company, along with other mariners, the Lighthouse Service moved the lamp to Sugar Pine Point. The old Rubicon Point Lighthouse was abandoned, but came under the stewardship of California State Parks when D. L. Bliss State Park was acquired in 1929.



The Rubicon Point Lighthouse was recently restored with funds provided by the Tahoe Heritage Foundation through a $20,000 grant from the James Lennane family for stabilization and interpretation. An additional $5,000 from the Henry Lapkin family and Judy Koch was used for archeological research. The physical work on the lighthouse was provided by Restoration Specialist Chuck Fell and Mike Whitsell of California State Parks.


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