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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.HistoryPoint 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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  • We set off to drive from Carmel through Big Sur bound for Hearst Castle. We had to turn back after about 15km. Above-average rain has closed California‚Äôs coastal Highway 1 in several places roughly be...  more »
  • Camp here if you have no other options. Pickings can be slim in this area. The campsites are close together and windy. There is no access to the beach or hiking trails. Once you are here there is real...  more »
  • We took the Sunday lighthouse tour on a sunny windy day. Our volunteer guide was excellent. She took her time telling us about the plants and geology as we made our way up the hill toward the lighthou...  more »
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  • When I went I t was a walk. But it is very haunted ,even before it became famous will be going again soon with a sb7spirit box. Can't wait
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