Thursday, June 5, 2008

Excuse me; have you seen my lighthouse?

Spotted this in the news this morning. There’s a 30-feet-tall working lighthouse that’s been a recognized landmark at Point Montara, 25 miles south of San Francisco, for years and years and years.

Are you with me so far? Good, because now it gets a little strange; the lighthouse used to set over Wellfleet Harbor in Massachusetts. Honest. The experts are certain it’s the same structure.

Wait; now it gets really strange. No one has a clue how the thing got from Cap Cod to southern California. The folks in Wellfleet were positive it had been demolished in 1925.

Historian Helen Purcell said, in the current edition of Lighthouse Digest, that the discovery of the Point Montara Light was “a genuine shock”. I’ll bet.

Here’s a thought. A lighthouse can see a lot, setting there by the water, day after day. Maybe it had to get out of town, because it shone a light on something it shouldn’t have; maybe the demolition story was a cover.

I wonder; did the federal government run a witness protection program in 1925?