Near Big Sur in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Point Sur Light Station
Erected 1994 by State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers. (Marker Number 951.)
Location. 36° 18.349′ N, 121° 53.86′ W. Marker is near Big Sur, California, in Monterey County. Marker can be reached from Cabrillo Highway (California Route 1), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Big Sur CA 93920, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. End of an Era (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cooper Cabin (approx. 2.8 miles away).
More about this marker. The Point Sur Light Station is approximately 20 miles south of Carmel and 5 miles north of Big Sur on
Also see . . . History Of Point Sur. Click on the "History" tab.
Throughout history, Point Sur has been a navigational hazard, to which many shipwrecked captains can attest. In the 1880s, lighthouses and lightships provided invaluable warnings to the many ships that traveled close to shore, especially during rough weather when protruding headlands could provide them with much-needed shelter. It took mariners 11 years of petitioning the U.S. Lighthouse Service Board before money was allocated for Point Sur in 1886. (Submitted on September 13, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 375 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on September 13, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.