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  East Brother – History of an Island Light Station is Available Online
January 18, 2019

The newly updated and expanded East Brother – History of an Island Light Station is available online at

This book was originally published in the early 1980s but has been out of print for years. In 2018, it was updated and expanded to include new photos and stories of the 13 keepers who have operated the bed and breakfast since 1980.,204,203,200_.jpg

East Brother Island is the location of one of America's best preserved Victorian-style light stations. First lighted in 1874, the lighthouse still guides mariners across San Francisco Bay. Since 1980 the lighthouse has been open to the public, both for day visits and as a bed and breakfast inn. This book traces the fascinating history of East Brother from the 1870s to the present. In part it is a story of changing lighthouse technology. But more importantly, it is a story of people: from the faithful keepers and their families who lived on the island through the many years, to the many volunteers who more recently helped restore the station after ten years of neglect. At first publication, the author had been studying the history of California's lighthouses for six years. This was his third book, the second on the history of a lighthouse.