In 1974, the smallish light station at Point Sur, sited atop a large volcanic rock, was automated
and no longer required the maintenance from resident light keepers.The tower was first lit in
August, 1889, and has remained in continuous operation since. Construction was no small task,
costing more than $50,000 in 1889 and requiring a railroad track to be laid to carry materials to
the site. Once construction was completed, the tracks were removed and the only access was
by climbing 395 steps. Later, a tramway was installed and finally a roadway was cut through to
the summit.In the years since it was first manned, only four light keepers have worked in the
structure that sits 361 feet above the cold Pacific Ocean. Several shipwrecks have taken place
on or near this national landmark, but the most notable wreck isn't a ship at all but the US Navy
Dirigible MACON, which sank in 1935. Exhibits on site tell its story.Point Sur Lighthouse is on the
National Register of Historic Places and is a California State Historic Landmark. The outbuildings
are being restored to the way it looked at the turn of the 20th century.
In October, 2011, the Carmel Pine Cone newspaper reported that ghost hunter Julie Nantes says the Point Sur Lighthouse is haunted - by 18 or more spirits, so many that it's considered one of the 10 most-haunted lighthouses in the United States.The lighthouse offers special Ghost Tours every October, which can be quite fun even if you don't believe in ghosts. It's a fund-raising event with a hefty fee and reservations are required.