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Old Point Loma Lighthouse
Jon Sullivan

Point Loma is a scenic hill that sits atop San Diego Bay, in California, USA. Point Loma's well known landmark is the Cabrillo National Monument, named after Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo of Spain, the first European explorer to see San Diego Bay. The Old Point Loma Lighthouse is part of the monument, where visitors tour the historic lighthouse that guided ships through the San Diego Bay from 1855 to 1891.

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Old Point Loma Lighthouse
Jon Sullivan

Point Loma is also home to the San Diego Sports Arena (recently renamed the iPayOne Center), the popular rock concert venue SOMA, and Point Loma Nazarene University, as well as many hotels, unique local businesses, and the former United States Naval Training Center, or NTC. The NTC served as training grounds for new Naval recruits, but its current location is in Illinois.

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The site of the Point Loma facility is no longer a Navy base and is now known as Liberty Station, a 361-acre mixed use redevelopment project that includes residential, office, retail, educational (http://www.hightechhigh.org) and civic, arts and cultural districts (http://ntcpromenade.org). Liberty Station, developed by the City of San Diego and The Corky McMillin Companies (http://www.mcmillin.com), also includes a 9-hole golf course, a 46-acre waterfront park and a 100-acre historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The Point Loma Naval Submarine Base, at the end of Rosecrans Boulevard, is still in operation. "Subase Point Loma" is the home of Submarine Squadron 11, several Nuclear Fast Attack Submarines, and historic Fort Rosecrans, a former US Army Coastal Gunnery Facility of the First World War era, which includes the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery and the USS Bennington Monument.

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