The Landmark Project: CHL# 951

CHLA# 951 LIGHT STATIONS OF CALIFORNIA (THEMATIC), POINT SUR LIGHT STATION

Spanish explorers and later New England hide and tallow traders found the Big Sur coastline a great hazard. Heavy fogs and extreme winds caused the wreck of many vessels on this coast. The gold rush of 1849 dramatically increased coastal shipping. A lighthouse was clearly needed. President Andrew Johnson signed the Executive Order which reserved the site for lighthouse purposes in 1866. Construction began in 1887 and the lamp was lit on August 1, 1889.

Also on the US National Register of Historic Places and a US Historic District.

Christine’s Note: Apparently the guided tours are only available three days a week.  Will have to make another trip where I plan ahead so that I can get closer.

Descriptions of each landmark are from the California Office of Historical Preservation website.

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