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Divers get a look inside historic cisterns at Point San Luis Lighthouse

Posted at 6:44 PM, Apr 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-11 22:15:38-04

Restoration of the historic Point San Luis Lighthouse is entering its final phase.

On Thursday, divers got a look at the site’s two 129-year-old underground cisterns.

The 50,000-gallon cisterns currently hold water in case of a fire but in the past, they held water that was used to create steam for the lighthouse’s steam whistles.

The Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers, which is spearheading the restoration efforts, says the water containers are in need of repair. They sent the divers down to see exactly what needs to be done and to remove the sediment that’s collected in them.

The Point San Luis Lighthouse, which is located near Avila Beach, was built in 1890 and operated until 1974.

The Lighthouse Keepers offers tours and hosts special events at the site throughout the year.

The group says it needs about $100,000 to restore the tops of the water containers. Donations can be made on the Point San Luis Lighthouse website.

The Point San Luis Lighthouse’s two 50,000-gallon cisterns. (KSBY photo)