The light station stands on one of two small, barren islands, West Brother and East Brother,
located in the San Pablo Bay, about a fifth of a mile from the mainland in Richmond.
For the best view of the light station from the mainland, take Interstate 580 west
through Richmond to the last exit before the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, the
Point Molate Exit. If you miss the exit, you will not only cross the San Pablo Bay
but also pay a toll for the inconvenience.
The exit road leads through the
Winehaven Historic District,
past the Richmond Rod and Gun Club,
and to a fork in the road marked with a directional sign on a utility pole.
Taking the Viewing Point fork, we quickly found the road blocked by a gate
covered with signs suggesting that visitors were unwanted. No view here.
Taking the Boat Landing fork, we climbed a steep hill to be rewarded with a
clear, but distant, view of the light station.
We were unable to locate a commemorative plaque other than the directional sign.
If you know of another plaque or of another location for viewing the light station, please
For more information about East Brother Light Station, please see
National Register Landmark 71000138.