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History of California Lighthouse - Aruba
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Peter and Gloria
N 12° 36.807 W 070° 03.117
19P E 385745 N 1394618
Quick Description: This Sign of History is about 70 metres west-southwest of the California Lighthouse which is near the northern tip of Aruba.
Location: Aruba
Date Posted: 8/9/2014 4:25:23 AM
Waymark Code: WMM87N
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 10

Long Description:
There are actually two signs, one in English and the other in Papiamento, the native language in Aruba. The signs are close to the La Trattoria El Faro Blanco Restaurant.


~ text from the English version of the Sign of History ~
History of
California Lighthouse

Built during the years 1914, 1915 and 1916, the California Lighthouse is located on the northernmost point of the island of Aruba.

The tower of this magnificent master piece is made of stone blocks that were hewn right here and is 100 feet high. The metal top of the lighthouse, which contains the light that sets a romantic setting, is 25 feet in diameter.

Although standing on a hill called Hudishibana, the lighthouse is called California Lighthouse.

This point of the island, called California, is named after a vessel that shipwrecked at the coast near Aruba's northernmost point. The ship "California" was traveling from Liverpool to Central America with passengers, merchandise, provisions, clothed and furniture.

Ironically, when the ship hit the coast, at midnight sharp on September 23, 1891, the passengers were partying on board. It was not until daybreak that the inhabitants of Aruba saw and understood what happened.

The crew of the California had thrown much of their cargo overboard when the boat hit the coast. This meant that everybody was able to salvage the merchandise out of the water, and take it to Oranjestad to sell.

The restaurant you are now standing at used to be the dwelling of the lighthouse keepers.

The first lighthouse keeper was a young man from Curaçao called Jacob Jacobs. He learned the profession of lighthouse keeper at a lighthouse on the islet of Klien Curaçao. The last person to watch over the California Lighthouse was Federico Fingal from Aruba.

Source: National Library of Aruba
Mrs. Anna Krozendiijk-de Cuba

A special thanks goes to the governments of
The Netherlands and Aruba and Sun Development Company
for conserving this monument.
Group that erected the marker: unknown

URL of a web site with more information about the history mentioned on the sign: [Web Link]

Address of where the marker is located. Approximate if necessary:
North end of L.G. Smitn Boulevard
Noord, Aruba


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