by T. Duplain
Big Sur, California had always been a dangerous place to navigate ship, so sailors in the 1800’s petitioned to have a lighthouse built there, especially after the steamship Ventura sank at Point Sur in 1875. In 1886, the U.S. Lighthouse Service Board allocated money to build the Point Sur Light Station. It was given its first keeper on August 1, 1889.
On February 12, 1935, the U.S.S. Macon airship sank in 1,450 feet of water of the shore of Big Sur. The zeppelin-like structure was helium-filled, had an aluminum frame, had a top speed of 80 miles per hour, and was 785 feet long. Of the 83 people on the airship when it crashed, two lost their lives.
Today, Point Sur is a ghost town and the lighthouse is totally automated and the buildings under restoration. The most popular ghost seen at the Point Sur Lighthouse is a man in a keeper’s uniform that is from the 1800’s. He is seen at the visitor’s center primarily. Is it possible ghosts of souls lost at sea still haunt Point Sur Light Station? Maybe...