Piedras Blancas Light House Lens, Cambria

#3 of 7 in Historic Sites in Cambria
Lighthouse · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Piedras Blancas Light Station is located at Point Piedras Blancas, about west by northwest of San Simeon, California. It was added to the California Coastal National Monument in 2017.
The first-order Fresnel lens at Piedras Blancas was first illuminated on February 15, 1875. The Piedras Blancas lighthouse was originally high to the top of the ventilator ball, but earthquakes damaged the structure over the years. On December 31, 1948, final damage from an earthquake centered off the point led to the decision to remove the upper three floors: the fourth landing, watch room, and lantern. Missing the ornate upper floors, the truncated lighthouse now stands about tall. The lens was moved and is on display in the nearby community of Cambria. A sound signal was added in 1906.
In 1939, management was transferred from the United States Lighthouse Service to the United States Coast Guard. In 1975, the light was automated, the sound signal removed, and the light station was unmanned. A group of biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received permission to establish a biological research station in 1977. In 2001, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) assumed management of the site and was tasked to offer structured public access, allow site-specific research to continue, and restore the light station to its period of greatest historical significance (1875 to 1940). The Piedras Blancas Light Station Association is a non-profit partner of the BLM, helping to raise funds for restoration and maintenance.
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  • I like lighthouses and getting so close to the lighthouse lens was amazing! This is right on Main Street in Cambria and we were able to park our RV at the parking lot of the Veterans Memorial...  more »
  • We have seen this lighthouse lens for many many years now, but got to go on the Lighthouse tour for the first time today, wow, a great time was had and now we know where this lens came from!  more »
  • You have to go into town and see the lens if you have visited the light house. It's surprisingly big.
  • Very cool artifact from the days gone by.

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