Point Piedras Blancas was put together by Carole Adams and John Bogacki. Carole Adams is a volunteer who has spearheaded the native plant restoration project at the light station and has coordinated the volunteer effort since 2001. When the Bureau of Land Management acquired the site in that year, John Bogacki became the first Site Manager and it was John who created the management plan for restoring Piedras Blancas Light Station to its former glory. Both Carole and John have been major contributors to the ongoing effort to develop a complete and accurate history of the lighthouse, its associated buildings and the surrounding landscape.
Point Piedras Blancas is one of Arcadia Publishing’s “Images of America” series of books, commonly known as simply “Arcadia Books”. Each of these books follows a standard format and this one is no different.
This book consists of over 200 images including historic (and not so historic) maps, drawings and photos of buildings, people, animals, plants and objects important to the history of Piedras Blancas Light Station. The images are arranged in chronological order and are grouped into seven chapters entitled, “Before the Light”, “Lighthouse Service: 1875-1939″, “U. S. Coast Guard: 1939-2001″, “Bureau of Land Management: 2001-present”, “Plans for the Future”, “Native Plant Restoration”, and “Wildlife”. Each image is accompanied by a concise caption. Taken together, the images and their captions present the complete history of the light station, from Native American occupation to the present, in a very clear and readable form.
Piedras Blancas Light Station is fortunate to have in its possession a vast collection of historic photographs dating to even before the building of the lighthouse in 1875. These images have been donated by organizations including the U. S. Lighthouse Society and the U. S. Coast Guard and by individuals many of whom lived or worked at Point Piedras Blancas. Some of the images were created by Herbert Bamber, a construction engineer employed by the U. S. Lighthouse Service in the nineteenth century, who later rose to District Superintendent of Construction for lighthouses along the south Atlantic coast.This book includes the very best images in this collection.
Point Piedras Blancas is available at the Piedras Blancas Light Station gift shop during public tours on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings and at many shops and stores in Cambria.