New Times Media Group | Piedras Blancas Light Station turns 141
Created 15-Feb-16
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Piedras Blancas Light Station Association volunteer Henry Thorpe takes a group on a walking tour of the grounds during the lighthouse's 141st birthday celebration on Feb. 13, 2016. Docents dressed up in period costumes to show visitors what life was like in the late 1800s, when the station was founded.
Volunteer Henry Thorpe starts the two hour tour of light station grounds.The walls of the foghorn signal building still need to be reinforced.New windows were recently installed in the foghorn signal building.Tours like this help pay for restoration work on the property.Wild irises bloom on the grounds, which are considered a wildlife refuge.Elephant seals bark on the beach next to the light station property.Docents dressed in costume from the 1800s show visitors what life was like for lighthouse tenders.A docent waits for the next tour group.Cal Poly engineering students built a replica of the Fresnel lens that once topped the lighthouse.Visitors clamber up the stairs to the lighthouse.

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