Pillar Point Harbor
Pillar Point Harbor is a boat
harborcreated by a riprap jettyin San Mateo County, Californiaimmediately north of Half Moon Bay. The site was originally inhabitated by the Ohlonepeople in prehistoric times, and a number of recorded shipwrecks occurred in the immediate area. The harbor facilities are managed by the San Mateo County Harbor District. In the late-1980s a master plan was developed for the Harbor. [Callander Associates, "Pillar Point Harbor East Harbor Master Plan", December 21, 1988] The Harbor is situated at the extreme north edge of the city of Half Moon Bay and at the southern edge of the unincorporated community of Princeton-by-the-Sea. Historically this area has simply been called Pillar Point.
Thousands of years ago, and through much of the nineteenth century, the site was used by the
Ohlonetribe, especially in the riparian zoneof El Granada Creek. [ "Environmental Impact Report for the Pillar Point East Harbor Master Plan", Earth Metrics Inc., San Mateo County Harbor District, February 1989] The Federal Register of Historic Placesindicates an Ohlone archaeologicalsite in this immediate area. By the early 1800s Russian fur trappers plied this portion of the Northern Californiacoast. In the 1800s a number of shipwrecks and other nautical accidents occurred in this area of the Pacific Ocean coastline. Most notable of the early shipwrecks was the wreck of the ship "Rydall Hall" in October 1876 recorded to have occurred near Pillar Point.
* [http://www.smharbor.com/pillarpoint/ San Mateo County Harbor District official site]
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