Piedras Blancas lighthouse, #15654



Piedras Blancas lighthouse.  Completed in 1875, the 115-foot-tall Piedras Blancas lighthouse is one of the few tall-style lighthouses on the West Coast of the United States.  Piedras Blancas, named for a group of three white rocks just offshore, is north of San Simeon, California very close to Hearst Castle. USA, natural history stock photograph, photo id 15654Add To Light Table
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Piedras Blancas lighthouse. Completed in 1875, the 115-foot-tall Piedras Blancas lighthouse is one of the few tall-style lighthouses on the West Coast of the United States. Piedras Blancas, named for a group of three white rocks just offshore, is north of San Simeon, California very close to Hearst Castle. USA

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