Long Beach Lighthouses -- would you believe there's three of them?
To start, check out the lighthouse in Rainbow Harbor (shown at left). Quaint, traditional and...old?
It's actually a faux lighthouse dedicated in 2000.
Called The Lighthouse for Sight, and presented as a gift from the local Lions Club, it symbolizes the club's fundraising for the visually impaired. Computerized colored lights in its base contribute to a nightly light show in the harbor.
It's not the only fake lighthouse in Long Beach Harbor:
Parker's Lighthouse seafood restaurant
on the water in the Shoreline Village area has an Atlantic coast-style lighthouse beacon capping its roof.
But Long Beach's lighthouse count doesn’t stop there.
The real lighthouse doesn't look like a lighthouse at all. Nicknamed the "Robot Light," the boxy, unmanned 1949 beacon was designed to withstand earthquakes, tidal waves and, obviously, from the photo in this next link, a bad case of the uglies.