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POINT SUR LIGHT

State: CALIFORNIA
Location: POINT SUR
Nearest City: BIG SUR
County: MONTEREY
U.S.C.G. District: 11
Year Station Established: 1889


Point Sur Light
NPS photo by Ralph Eshelman
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1889
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1972
  • Foundation Materials: NATURAL/EMPLACED
  • Construction Materials: SANDSTONE
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE TOWER ON STANDSTONE BLDG
  • Shape: SQUARE ON FOG SIGNAL BUILDING
  • Relationship to Other Structures: INTEGRAL
  • Tower Height: 48
  • Original Optic: FIRST ORDER, FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1889
  • Present Optic: DCB-224
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 1975
  • Height of Focal Plane: 273
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ORIG. FIRST ORDER LENS ON DISPLAY AT THE STANTON CENTER MARITIME MUSEUM & HISTORY CENTER, MONTEREY
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s): N/A

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1889
  • Construction Materials: SANDSTONE
  • Architectural Style: RICH. ROMANESQUE
  • Fog Signal Type: STEAM WHISTLE (REMOVED 1971)
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES CONVERTED FROM 1889 ENGINE HOUSE
  • Year Constructed: 1902
  • Number of Stories: 2
  • Architectural Style: CRAFTSMAN/COL. REVIVAL
  • Construction Materials: SANDSTONE
Other Structures: BLACKSMITH/CARPENTER SHOP, PUMPHOUSE, BARRACKS, RADIOBEACON, BARN, CISTERN, OIL HOUSE, GARAGE, WOOD/SANDSTONE ASST. KEEPERS DWELLING (1889), ORIG. MARINE RAILWAYS (1889/1911)

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION IN STATE PARK

Owner/Manager: CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF PARKS & RECREATION / CENTRAL COAST LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS

Open to the Public? YES (Go to Lighthouses to Visit for access information)

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #91001097
Name of Listing: POINT SUR LIGHT STATION (LIGHT STATIONS OF CALIFORNIA MPS)
On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
COMPLETE 19TH CENTURY LIGHT STATION WITH ALL ORIGINAL BUILDINGS INTACT; TRANSFERRED TO CALIFORNIA DEPT. OF PARKS AND RECREATION IN 2004 UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE NATIONAL HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE PRESERVATION ACT.



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