Every night the Observation Tower was illuminated by Idora Park searchlight – “the most powerful searchlight in the world“
On a clear day, it is said you could see points as far away as the Farallon Islands.
Oakland Tribune June 25, 1925
The tower was still standing in July of 1929. I don’t when the tower was removed. I have heard that the was heavily damaged in a late night fire in 1929 or 1930. But I have no proof.
Location of the tower
The tower (yellow arrow) is seen in this 1929 aerial By Fairchild
Near the intersection of Asilomar Drive and Aztec Way.