February 17, 2010

Piedras Blancas Light Station - San Simeon, California

Yesterday we spent a few hours touring the Piedras Blancas Light Station.  This lighthouse is celebrating its 135th birthday (built in 1875, less than 10 years after the Civil War).  It is currently under the Bureau of Land Management.  Originally it stood 110 feet above mean high tide.  The current height today is 74 feet because the initial Fresnel lens (beacon) was removed in 1975 (and is on display in Cambria).  It was replaced with a modern beacon.  The lighthouse is open for public tours every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, weather permitting.  
The Piedras Blancas Light Station
Really old steps leading into the lighthouse.
Here we see pelicans flying along the coast near the lighthouse.
Just have to show you more of our beautiful coastline.

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