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