Point Sur State Historic Park, Big Sur

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Point Sur State Historic Park is a state park unit of California, United States, preserving the 1889 Point Sur Lighthouse. The park is located on the Big Sur coastline of Monterey County, 19mi south of Rio Road in Carmel. It is both a California State Park and a property on the National Register of Historic Places.
Point Sur was a notorious hazard to navigation, and the site of many shipwrecks. After the sinking of the USS Ventura in 1875, it was determined that a lightstation was needed in this remote area.
Point Sur Lighthouse opened on August 1, 1889. This very remote station was required to be self-sufficient, as most supplies had to be brought in by ship. Lighthouse employees and their families had their own vegetable gardens. Children stayed with local ranchers during the week in order to attend school, returning home on weekends, or stayed with distant relatives. In 1927, a schoolteacher was assigned to the Lightstation to teach the six children who resided there. Easy access to the lightstation came in 1937, when Highway One through Big Sur was completed. In the 1940s, children from the Lightstation were assimilated into Big Sur's larger school.
The Lighthouse Service was absorbed into the Coast Guard in 1939, and Point Sur Lighthouse became the property of the Coast Guard. The Lightstation was automated in the late 1960s, and in 1974 ceased to have a light keeper.
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  • The Big Sur was the highlight of our drive from San Francisco to San Diego. There are so many stunning vista along this iconic sea drive but none better than Big Sur. literally breath taking.  more »
  • The views are wonderful. The road can be a little scary in a few places but it well worth the trip. The most beautiful part of California  more »
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  • 2 stars because i didnt kno i cud have experienced it a lot closer, the pics prove 5 stars, but i need to see it in person...single guy here, who's ready 2 go? Hope when i go there's fog or a cold front, something about fog and a lighthouse😍 Still saw some beautiful views on my trip!
  • Great easy walk or bike to thus awesome beach

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