On Day 8 of our road trip, we were heading north via the coastal road. Santa Cruz was one stop to do ( previous post). We knew we would get to San Francisco that day but did not know we were going to stop at the Pigeon Point Light Station. We saw it from the road and we said why not have a look ! It ended up a nice stop. We must appreciate lighthouses that can save many lives. This one dates from 1872. It is a State Historic Park. Here is more info about this place ( found on the internet).
“Perched on a cliff on the central California coast, 50 miles south of San Francisco, near Pescadero, the 115-foot Pigeon Point Lighthouse, one of the tallest lighthouses in America, has been guiding mariners since 1872. Its five-wick lard oil lamp, and first-order Fresnel lens, comprised of 1,008 prisms, was first lit at sunset, November 15, 1872. The lens stands 16 feet tall, 6 feet in diameter, and weighs 2,000 pounds. It sits in a lantern room that had been constructed at the Lighthouse Service’s general depot in New York before being shipped around the Horn. Although the original Fresnel lens is no longer in use, the lighthouse is still an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation using a 24 inch Aero Beacon.”
After a lifetime of exposure to wind, rain, sun, log and salty sea mist, the tower is literally crumbling. Closed to the public since a portion of its belt course broke off in 2001, it became important to restore the lighthouse to its original glory. California State Parks acquired title to Pigeon Point Light Station form the U.S. Coast Guard in 2011. The CSPF accepts contributions to save ans restore the lighthouse.
We had a nice chat with friendly docents ,visited the fog signal building and the gift shop. After I took a few pictures, we left with more knowledge on a site that has so much history. Always so much to learn when traveling !