The sight that proves most striking to visitors of Sandpoint at first is the ruins of the the Old Light. The original height of this tower is unknown, but those who have studied the ancient architecture of the crumbling remains estimate it might have stood more that 700 feet tall. Today, less than a quarter of that remains. The Old light rises from sea level and is built into the face of a 120-foot-tall cliff, with teh tower extending another 50 feet above that to culminate in ragged ruins. The remaining shell is a reminder that the town of Sandpoint was the not the first in this area. Yet, apart from a few badly weathered carvings signifying that the peak of this tower once held a brilliant light, no insight into the tower's true purpose remains.