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PIEDRAS BLANCAS LIGHT

State: CALIFORNIA
Location: NORTHERN ENTRANCE TO SAN SIMEON BAY
Nearest City: SAN SIMEON
County: SAN LUIS OBISPO
U.S.C.G. District: 11
Year Station Established: 1875


Piedras Blancas Light
Fog signal building with tower in background. NPS photo by Ralph Eshelman, 1996
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1875
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1975
  • Foundation Materials: MASONRY
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Markings/Patterns: WHITE
  • Shape: CONICAL W/OUT LANTERN
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height: 74
  • Original Optic: FIRST ORDER BIVALVE FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1875
  • Present Optic: VRB-25
  • Year Present Lens Installed: 2002
  • Height of Focal Plane: 142
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: ON LOAN TO CAMBRIA LION'S CLUB SINCE 1950 AND CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY AT PINEDERADO PARK IN THE CITY OF CAMBRIA, CALIFORNIA
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s): NONE

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? YES
  • Year Constructed: 1906
  • Construction Materials: BRICK
  • Architectural Style: ONLY SHELL REMAINING
  • Fog Signal Type: HORN/ORIG. AIR WHISTLE
Existing Keepers Quarters? YES (ORIGINAL KEEPERS MOVED TO CAMBRIA AND IS NOW A B&B)
  • Year Constructed: 1960
  • Number of Stories: 1
  • Architectural Style: RANCH STYLE
  • Construction Materials: CONCRETE
Other Structures: OIL HOUSE, PUMPHOUSE, OLD COAST GUARD OFFICE, TWO SETS OF DUPLEX RESIDENCES, MISSILE TRACKING STATION (1955), BOATHOUSE/GARAGE AND FOUNDATION FOR WATCH ROOM, WATER TANKS AND BARN

Current Use: ACTIVE (PRIVATE) AID TO NAVIGATION (BLM), US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, AND NOAA BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH STATION, BLM MANAGEMENT UNIT/RESTORATION/STABILIZATION OF LIGHTHOUSE, FOG SIGNAL BUILDING AND FUEL/OIL BUILDING

Owner/Manager: BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Open to the Public? NO

Web Site: www.piedrasblancas.gov

National Register Status: LISTED; Reference #91001095
Name of Listing: PIEDRAS BLANCAS LIGHT (LIGHT STATIONS OF CALIFORNIA MPS) On State List/Inventory? NO; Year Listed:

Miscellaneous:
LANTERN REMOVED IN 1949 BECAUSE OF STORM DAMAGE



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