#0951 Light Stations of California, Point Sur Light Station


#0951 Light Stations of California, Point Sur Light Station

Site information:

State Hwy 1, 23 mi S of Monterey and 3 mi N of Andrew Molera State Park.

Site is restricted, accessible by tours only.  The lighthouse can be seen from the highway, at a distance.


Plaque information:

State plaque

Plaque located at base of road leading up to the lighthouse, restricted access.


Plaque text:

Point Sur Light Station

Spanish explorers and later New England hide and tallow traders found the Big Sur coastline a great hazard. Heavy fogs and extreme winds caused the wreck of many vessels on this coast. The gold rush of 1849 dramatically increased coastal shipping. A lighthouse was clearly needed. President Andrew Johnson signed the Executive Order which reserved the site for lighthouse purposes in 1866. Construction began in 1887 and the lamp was lit on August 1, 1889.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers. September 28, 1994