Old Point Loma Lighthouse ghost haunt California:
History: Originally named ” La Punta de la Loma de San Diego, ” later anglicized to ” Point Loma. ” Prior to 1542, the land is not believed to have been visited by any persons, including indigenous Kumeyaay Indians. On September 28, 1542 Portuguese pilot and navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo led an expedition from Spain and landed his flagship on the east shore, most likely at Ballast Point.
Old Point Loma Lighthouse is perhaps the best known landmark in Point Loma. Perched atop a ( windy, fog prone ) southern point that creates a natural entrance of San Diego Bay with Coronado.
The small two story lighthouse began operations on November 15, 1855. On March 23, 1891 ,after only 36 years, Point Loma Lighthouse ceased operations. Upon operation it became clear the location chosen for the lighthouse was poor. Prone to fog and thick marine layer clouds, the lighthouse beacon was often obscured and unseen by ocean going vessels. The restored light house is now a popular tourist attraction.
Great grand children David, and Jeanne Isreal of (final) light house keeper Captain Robert Decatur Israel, and wife (assistant keeper) Maria Arcadia Machado de Alipas Israel reflected in “Life at the Lighthouse – Family Memories.”
“The Lighthouse was a bustling family home, with the Israel’s three boys and niece all growing up there. In the yard lived three horses, chickens, pigs and goats. The Israel’s lived and worked on Point Loma for 18 years, where they watched their children and grandchildren grow up. One of the Israel’s grandsons was born at the lighthouse. Maria and her mother, Juana Machado, of Old Town San Diego, delivered the baby.”
The ghost of Old Point Loma Lighthouse: Reported by visitors, was suspected of being haunted. Claims included sounds of heavy foot steps coming from upper rooms (while in first story kitchen or living room); Cold spots were felt at entry landing to the spiral staircase; A moaning breath was heard in both bedrooms. This site is no longer considered an “Active haunted” location. Several different names were attributed to the suspected haunt including Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo! The most likely mentioned name is that of final lighthouse keeper, Captain Robert Decatur Israel. Captain Isreal did not pass away at the light house. The belief is that Captain Isreal’s spirit returned to his lighthouse duties even after death. The Old Point Loma Lighthouse is located 1.1 miles from Point pt Loma Rosecrans national cemetery. The cemetery is also claimed to be haunted.