East Brother Light Station was built in 1873 as an aid to mariners in the San Pablo/San Francisco Bays. After many years as an automated station, and under threat of destruction and replacement with a light on a pole in the middle of the island, the facility was taken over by a non-profit 501 c3 California Corporation under license from the US Coast Guard.
Saving East Brother Light Station and making it accessible for the public to enjoy was a labor of love for many people. They, as well as the hundreds of others who also supported the project in smaller ways, can be justifiably proud of what their labors and donations have achieved. Click here to learn how you can help.
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This book was commissioned by the Board of Directors of East Brother Light Station, Inc., as a tribute to all who worked to make the project possible. But particularly, I would like to recognize the contributions of a few very special people: Lucretia Edwards and the women of the Contra Costa Shoreline Parks Committee who initially saved East Brother from destruction by successfully nominating it to the National Register of Historic Places; Commander Joseph Blackett and Wayne Wheeler of the Coast Guard who encouraged us and trusted us with government property; The Monday Morning Gang who continue to maintain and improve the island's facilities; and finally to Walter Fanning, engineer, carpenter, innkeeper, machinist, and skipper, who can do almost anything better than anyone I have ever known. His talents and dedication continue to be an inspiration to us all. Thomas K. Butt President, East Brother Light Station, Inc.
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“It’s late afternoon when I arrive – in time to watch the sunset – so I climb the spiral staircase leading up the lighthouse tower to a walkway. . .The view puts me in a philosophical mood: I can’t help but think of the lighthouse as a beacon of hope. . .”
- Denise Dowling, Islands Magazine
East Brother Light Station is a lighthouse bed and breakfast located on the California coast near San Francisco, CA. Overnight lodging and day use are available at the light house.
Mailing Address: East Brother Light Station, Inc. 117 Park Place, Point Richmond, CA 94801 Phone: 510.233.2385
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