- Point Pinos Lighthouse is the oldest continually-operating lighthouse on the West coast. Lard oil, and then whale oil, were used to the light the lamp until 1915, when the first electric light was installed. The lighthouse has been to home to some dramatic history, including a keeper who was killed in a posse fighting the notorious outlaw Anastacio Garcia; another keeper, Allen Luce, who was praised by robert Louis Stevenson for his hospitality and ship models; and "the socialite keeper", Emily Fish, who was known for entertaining guests there. The lighthouse is located on the northern tip of th eMonterey peninsula, and is well worth a visit. Come for the views, the ocean and a little bit of history. The lighthouse is near the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.
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