A restored Mt Diablo Beacon is ready for its annual remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day on December 7. The lighting ceremony will begin at 3:45 atop Mt Diablo. For more information about the annual beacon lighting ceremony, please contact Save Mount Diablo’s office at (925) 947-3535.
Mt Diablo Beacon History
The beacon was originally lit by Charles Lindbergh in 1928 to assist in the early days of commercial aviation. The “Eye of Diablo” as the Mt Diablo Beacon is known known, was extinguished in 1941 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1964, Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, relit the beacon and suggested it be lit every December 7th to honor those who served and sacrificed.
The Mt Diablo Beacon is lit at sunset and shines all night on this single evening each year. The event begins at sunset and the public is invited to attend. This year will be the first official beacon lighting since it underwent an extensive restoration process earlier this year to ensure it continues to shine for many more years.
Mt Diablo Beacon Restoration
The Mt Diablo Beacon restoration project is complete, and the beacon was returned to its post on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 after receiving some much needed repairs. This project could not have been completed without the efforts of numerous talented volunteers, businesses and individuals who stepped up to ensure this historic beacon continues to shine for many years to come.