Lightkeepers & Other People

Interior of Point Pinos Lighthouse, showing Museum of Natural History's then-Director Vern Yadon descending spiral staircase.
Interior of Point Pinos Lighthouse, showing chief petty officer climbing from spiral stairs to light tower.
Interior of Point Pinos Lighthouse tower (lantern room), with Coast Guard chief petty officer looking at lens. Coast Guard housing visible in background.
Interior of Point Pinos Lighthouse tower (lantern room), with Coast Guard chief petty officer (partially obscured by lens) leaning on tower wall. Coast Guard housing visible in background.
Interior of Point Pinos Lighthouse tower (lantern room), with Coast Guard chief petty officer leaning on tower wall. Coast Guard housing visible in background.
Interior of Point Pinos Lighthouse tower (lantern room), with Coast Guard chief petty officer looking up at lens.
nterior of Point Pinos Lighthouse tower (lantern room), with Coast Guard chief petty officer looking up at lens.
Point Pinos Lighthouse historian Jerry McCaffery identifies this as Point Sur Light keeper Thomas Henderson, working on the incandescent oil vapor light, probably inside the first-order Fresnel lens at Point Sur. The lens has a large bull's-eye center. It was moved to the Monterey Maritime Museum in 1978, where it remains on exhibit. Photo from National Archives.
Captain & Mrs. Peter C. Nelson stand on the lawn behind the Point Pinos Lighthouse. Eagle atop flagpole, freestanding pipe with same "M" configuration as chimneys.
Two men on sidewalk at outbuildings at Point Pinos Lighthouse Reservation.
Coast Guard barracks at Point Pinos Lighthouse Reservation, showing parked cars and four people.
Two men in well-worn work uniforms stand with hands on hips. At right with glasses is Lighthouse Keeper William Frederick Wilkinson. Man at right in cap is second assistant. More information (including letters and oral transcript) in Lighthouse file.
3/4 length portrait of Captain Peter C. Nelson in Lighthouse Keeper uniform & hat. He leans against a chicken-wire fence, with foliage and building in background.
Captain & Mrs. Peter C. Nelson stand in the garden adjacent to the Point Pinos Lighthouse. Large dahlia in foreground.
Assistant Light Keeper (from 1939-1953) George Petersen and Viola Petersen near house on Lighthouse Reservation. He wears uniform with sailor cap and she wears a short-sleeve patterned dress. They stand at a chicken-wire fence.
Assistant Light Keeper (from 1939-1953) George Petersen and Viola Petersen near house on Lighthouse Reservation. He wears uniform with tie & lighthouse keeper hat and she wears a dark suit. They stand at a chicken-wire fence with buildings in background.
Inside of observation area of Lookout located adjacent to the Lighthouse.
Three people pose for camera in front of trees. From left: older man, woman, younger officer in uniform.
Far shot with foliage in foreground, camouflaged building in background, with approximately 20 people standing at base of tower and three people leaning on railing of viewing level.
Workroom with two workmen. Fresnel lens on workbench--presumably where Point Pinos Light was manufactured.