Before the establishment of a light station at Point Piedras Blancas, mariners depended on navigational charts and natural landmarks to guide them. The large white offshore rocks in the Piedras Blancas area would have been a visual aid to navigators. The name, Piedras Blancas, means “white rocks” in Spanish.
Lighthouses were built as aids to maritime navigation. Imagine it is a dark night in 1880 and you are standing on the deck of a ship. Suddenly you see a light from shore with a white flash every 15 seconds, which was the light characteristic of the Piedras Blancas lighthouse. Assured of your location you proceed with confidence.
Light Station History