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Old Jan 26, 2009, 11:39 AM
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Point Dume (once know as Dume-ay, doom is now the established pronunciation) was named after Father Francisco Dumetz in 1782 shortly after explorer George Vancouver visited Dumetz at the Mission San Buena Ventura and then sailed south. At one time, the best way to get to the Point was by train. The military occupied the area during World War II, and the head of the Point was shaved off into a half-acre flat top, where lookout structure were built to keep watch for enemy Japanese submarines and attack vessels.

It wasn’t until 1793, when explorer George Vancouver, traveling south, named the promontory Point Dumetz in honor of his friend Father Francisco Dumetz. Over the years the 'tz' was dropped and the landmark became known as Point Dume. To this day many people debate the pronunciation, with some calling it Point Dume (Do-may) and others preferring Point Dume (Doom).

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