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Twins Serve Old Point Loma Lighthouse


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Identical twin sisters, Kim Fahlen (l) and Karen ...
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You may not know them, but they are among the many unsung volunteers around the country who cherish lighthouses in more ways than one.

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For a number of years now, 67-year-old twin sisters Kim Fahlen and Karen Scanlon have spent about six hours every so many weeks cleaning the lens and lantern at California’s restored 1855 Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

Their interest in lighthouses goes back to when they were 12 years old and their father took them on a camping trip. Since then, between getting married and each raising two children, the two of them have visited lighthouses all over the world. But it is Old Point Loma lighthouse that is near and dear to their hearts.

The true lighthouse aficionados may recognize their names as the authors of the book Lighthouses of San Diego. But they may well be remembered through the annals of time as the twins who maintained the lens at California’s Old Point Loma Lighthouse. We all owe these dedicated lighthouse twins a debt of gratitude.

This story appeared in the Jan/Feb 2018 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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