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Piedras Blancas Light Station Fresnel Lens

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Fascinating piece of history.

For a history buff like me this would be an 8 star attraction, for iPad toting teens probably a 0... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kernville, California
Why was the lens removed from the lighthouse?

After 86 years, what happened? The lens was made in France in 1872 and graced the lighthouse for... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2018
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1000 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428-2839
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For a history buff like me this would be an 8 star attraction, for iPad toting teens probably a 0, so I compromise at a 4. One can take a quick look, or spend a few minutes reading the history and admiring the design and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank bobsacerdo
Reviewed 26 June 2018

After 86 years, what happened? The lens was made in France in 1872 and graced the lighthouse for all those many years when the 1948 earthquake (with the epicenter very close by) threw a monkey wrench into the works. The lighthouse was destabilized, the top...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 17 February 2018

Our guides, Abel and Lanny, clearly love sharing their knowledge of the lighthouse and the adjacent coastal area. Bring your National Park pass to save half the price.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 13 January 2018

The actual light from the Piedras Blancas Light Station was reassembled by the Lions Club and sits between the East and West Villages of Cambria. Definitely a place to stop if you've visited the lighthouse itself.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Barbara B
Reviewed 1 November 2017

The lighthouse lense in Cambria is a short, but interesting, stop. When you are in Cambria stop by and give it a close look and read about the history. of this over a century old lense. The mechanism that turned the lense and spread the...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank CharleySays
Reviewed 4 April 2017

This was awesome to visit after we went on the Piedras Blancas Light Station tour. They have a small replica of it on the tour, but it was really cool to see the actual piece in person. Also, if you play your cards right, you...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Pamela H
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Right on the main street in Cambria is the lens from the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. Definetly worth a 10 minute stop. But go see the actual lighthouse of highway one. It is a great tour and has great views on the trails along the peninsula.

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank travelinm2014
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Right on Main Street you can see this Lighthouse piece. Very large it makes a great place for picture taking.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Carnutz
Reviewed 26 October 2016

After your visit to the lighthouse you will want to finish your tour with a trip to the light that was in the lantern room before structural damage to the tower nessectated removal of the light for safekeeping. It is lit on the weekends and...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Steve S
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Sitting along Main Street Cambria on the south side of the road is the lens from the lighthouse! It's well kept, and adds an interesting touch. Not sure it's worth more than a drive-by, though...

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Cello12345
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