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Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers

Mission

Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers (CCLK) was founded in 1993 as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of the rich maritime heritage of the Central Coast, emphasizing the importance of the 19th century lighthouses  CCLK's principal role is as the Cooperating  Association with CA State Parks for Point Sur State Historic Park which encompasses the Lightstation  and the adjacent, cold-war era Naval Communications Facility (NAVFAC).  CCLK is membership-based with some 400 members mostly from California but many from other States..

The Big Idea

Point Sur is one of only two U.S. lightstations to have all of its original 19th-century historic buildings in place and almost completely restored. The only major feature missing from Point Sur is the original Fresnel lens—one of the largest made, standing 18 feet tall and weighing four tons. Although its purpose as an aid-to-navigation is utilitarian, it is a work of art. It was removed from Point Sur in 1978 when the lightstation was automated due to the threat of vandalism. The lightstation was transferred from the U.S. Coast Guard to State Parks in 1984, and the Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers help manage and improve the property. The nonprofit has already located and acquired the lens, and is storing it offsite; they now need funds to finish the job of getting it back home. 

The support of the Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers over the past 27 years has allowed the Point Sur Lightstation to be reopened to the public for tours. Without their support, the public would not be able to experience the historic lightstation, which was built in 1889. Their dedicated members completed the historical restoration of the carpenter/blacksmith shop, barn, water tower and lighthouse buildings. With their dedication and support, the lightstation is being preserved in immaculate condition for future generations.

- Brent Marshall, superintendent, California State Parks, Monterey District