On our recent visit to Big Sur we had an opportunity to tour the Point Sur Lightstation.
This California State Historic Park is operated and maintained entirely by volunteers. Visitors drive to a parking area at the base of the hill and hike up 360 feet to the lightstation.
You can't actually see the light from this side. The lighthouse is lower on the hill so that the light would be under the clouds.
Restoration of the lantern room was made possible by grants, tour fees, gift shop sales, donations and membership fees in the Central Coast Lighthous Keepers.
If one has a fear of heights or is claustrophobic they might not care to clime up into the cupola.
This arch was not just an attractive window for viewing the Pacific, it supported a chimney. The fog horn was operated by a wood fired boiler and it was necessary to direct the smoke away from the light so that it would not limit visibility.
Wooden stairs led from the lighthouse up to the living area.
The small house on the left was the home of the head lighthouse keeper. The three assistants and their families lived together in the larger house in the center. Volunteers have almost completed restoration of the head keepers house. So faithful are they to the effort that they are cutting down modern 12" linoleum tiles to the 9" that were common when the buildings were occupied. They must wait for asbestos removal before they can restore the larger house.
In their spare time, the keepers would use their woodworking and blacksmith skill to make items to trade with local ranchers and farmers for fresh food and other items. The dedicated volunteers have found period tools on e-bay and at yard sales to restock the shop.
A water tank, right. No, though one did stand on this spot at one time. It is a cell tower. I think it is a big improvement over those fake trees we see all over.
For more information or to check tour dates, go to the Point Sur Lighthouse website .
To see more of our wonderful world got to Our World, Tuesday, hosted for us by Arija, Gattina, Lady Fi, Sylvia and Sandy.