Los Angeles Harbor Light

San Pedro, California | C.1913

Photo Credit: Annie Robert

This beacon of light has been directing thousands of ships into the Harbor of Los Angeles since 1913. Though its exterior has remained the same, lighthouse keepers have been replaced with electronics, and the beloved fog horn lovingly referred to as “Moaning Maggie” was removed for a more…modern sound. “Maggie” was known for her classic deep two-toned blast that reverently blasted across the harbor. She was retired for a new horn which signaled to sailors in a nagging high-pitch single-tone, which has led to this horn being called “Blatting Betty.” Though many jokes have been created to slander Betty, at least you can hear her from a mile away.

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