#50:  Ballast Point Whaling Station Site

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End of Rosecrans St, Point Loma, San Diego



State Plaque




Only military personnel are allowed on base. Although there are certain events that allow limited civilian access.

Plaque Text:

Ballast Point Whaling Station Site

Late in 1857, the three Johnson brothers and the twin Packard brothers came to this site to survey possibilities for a station to 'try out' or extract whale oil. Their operations began the next year. In 1869 the U.S. Government acquired the property for Fort Rosecrans and in 1873 whaling operations at Ballast Point ended.

Originally registered December 6, 1932. Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Navy, Fort Guijarros Museum Foundation, and Squibob Chapter, E Clampus Vitus March 22, 1967.

©2009 David Schmitt