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Name: Point Sur Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Big Sur, California, United States

Location: Moro Rock, Big Sur District.

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Managing Organization:
Point Sur State Historic Park

Telephone: 831-625-4419


The lighthouse is located in Point Sur State Historic Park. The Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers, a nonprofit organization, works with California State Parks to manage the property. Ownership of the property was transferred to CA State Parks in April 2004.

Tower Height: 48

Height of Focal Plane: 273

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 15 seconds.

Description of Tower: White square sandstone tower attached to keeper's quarters, Richardson Romanesque style

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
1902 two story sandstone keeper's house, 1889 sandstone fog signal building, blacksmith/carpenter shop, pump house, barracks, barn, cistern, oil house, garage, assistant keeper's house (1889), marine railways (1889, 1911).

Date Established: 1889

Date Present Tower Built: 1889

Date Automated: 1972

Optics: 1889: First order Fresnel lens (now on display at the Allen Knight Maritime Museum in Monterey, in the Monterey State Historic Park near Fisherman's Wharf). 1975: DCB-224.

Fog Signal: Steam whistle (removed 1971).

Current Use: Active aid to navigation in state park.

Open To Public? Yes.

Volunteer-led three-hour walking tours are available. The tour includes a rise in elevation of 360 feet and two stairways of 40-50 steps each. Tours are year round, but may be cancelled due to extreme weather; even in summer be sure to be prepared for cold and windy conditions. Check for schedules and more information.

Tours start from the west side of Highway 1 at the farm gate, 19 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel, 1/4 mile north of the Point Sur Naval facility.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places


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