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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  • Well worth visiting this on a road trip! Breathtaking views in all types of weather. Definitely pencil this in if you’re planning a road trip.  more »
  • Part of the coast is probably among the most beautiful and charming, both for the views and views, both for the areas that you reach, from the beaches to the hill with the lighthouse and the naval facility. Even here it would only be a matter of time to fully enjoy the whole.
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  • A visually striking place. Beautiful water and gorgeous landscapes
  • From a distance, the penninsula looks beautiful.

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