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Point Sur and Point Sur Lighthouse
On the Big Sur coast, California

The lighthouse at Point Sur, completed in 1889, perches near the top of the massive rock, 270 feet (82 meters) above sea level. It is open for escorted tours.

Until opening of the coastal highway in 1937 this was an isolated spot and early keepers grew vegetables and raised livestock. Despite the light and fog signals wrecks have continued at and near Point Sur, notably the USS Macon dirigible in 1935.

Point Sur State Historic Park
Wikipedia: Point Sur Lighthouse

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Point Sur from Highway One

Point Sur from Highway One

Point Sur from Highway One

north of Big Sur, California

Date photographed: January 8, 2006
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Beginning the ascent of Point Sur on the narrow access road

Beginning the ascent of Point Sur on the narrow access road

Beginning the ascent of Point Sur on the narrow access road

Point Sur State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: January 8, 2006
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Macon Corner on the Point Sur road, looking out to sea where the dirigible crashed

Macon Corner on the Point Sur road, looking out to sea where the dirigible crashed

Macon Corner on the Point Sur road, looking out to sea where the dirigible crashed

Point Sur State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: January 8, 2006
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The Point Sur access road winds around the south and west sides of the rock

The Point Sur access road winds around the south and west sides of the rock

The Point Sur access road winds around the south and west sides of the rock

Point Sur State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: January 8, 2006
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Approaching the lightouse on Point Sur

Approaching the lightouse on Point Sur

Approaching the lightouse on Point Sur

Point Sur State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: January 8, 2006
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The Point Sur Lighthouse, dating from 1889

The Point Sur Lighthouse, dating from 1889

The Point Sur Lighthouse, dating from 1889

Point Sur State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: January 8, 2006
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Docent-led tour at the north end of Point Sur

Docent-led tour at the north end of Point Sur

Docent-led tour at the north end of Point Sur

Point Sur State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: January 8, 2006
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The reconstructed water tower (cell phone antenna) on Point Sur

The reconstructed water tower (cell phone antenna) on Point Sur

The reconstructed water tower (cell phone antenna) on Point Sur

Point Sur State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: January 8, 2006
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The lighthouse keeper's house and triplex atop Point Sur

The lighthouse keeper's house and triplex atop Point Sur

The lighthouse keeper's house and triplex atop Point Sur

Point Sur State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: January 8, 2006
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Looking east from the lighthouse keeper's house on Point Sur

Looking east from the lighthouse keeper's house on Point Sur

Looking east from the lighthouse keeper's house on Point Sur

Point Sur State Historic Park, California

Date photographed: January 8, 2006
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