Point Arena, California

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Point Arena (formerly, Punta Arenas and Puntas Arenas)[1] is a small coastal city in Mendocino County, California, United States. Point Arena is located 31 miles (50 km) west of Hopland,[2] at an elevation of 118 feet (36 m).[1] The population was 474 at the 2000 census, making it one of the smallest incorporated cities in the state. Its main street comprises part of State Route 1, California's coastal artery. Along with a number of other Mendocino County coastal communities, Point Arena is associated with the hippy and subsequent counterculture groups. Its reported economy is largely geared toward servicing the summertime tourist industry. The town is headquarters of the Manchester Band of Pomo Indians of the Manchester-Point Arena Rancheria.


Geography and environment

The city of Point Arena is located at 38°54′32″N 123°41′35″W / 38.90889°N 123.69306°W / 38.90889; -123.69306.[1] It is in USPS ZIP code 95468.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²), all of it land.

The city itself is built around a small natural inland harbor, and is located about a mile and a half (1.5 km) south of the actual Point Arena, a narrow peninsula jutting around 1/3 mile (800 m) into the Pacific Ocean. This is the location of the Point Arena Lighthouse, at 115 feet (34.5m) the tallest lighthouse on the West coast of the United States. The lighthouse is also the closest location on the mainland (excluding Alaska) to Honolulu, Hawaii at a distance of 2,045 nautical miles (2,353 statute miles) or 3,787 kilometers.

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