Pinedorado Grounds, Historic Jailhouse, Fresnel Lens

Since 1949, celebrating Labor Day weekend in Cambria has meant Pinedorado Days, an event recognizing Cambria’s rich history. An old-fashioned parade, barbecues, kids games, prizes, face-painting, food booths, kiddy cars, the Cambria Follies and an art show are some of the festivities.  Most events are free. The Pinedorado Annual Car Show, which usually draws over 150 cars, is held on Sunday.

The original fresnel lens and clockwork mechanism are on display next to the Veteran’s Memorial Building.

The first order fresnel lens used at Piedras Blancas Light Station was constructed in France by Henri Lapaute in 1872.  On loan from the Coast Guard to the Cambria Lion’s Club, the lens is maintained by the non-profit Friends of the Piedras Blancas Light Station Lens. In 1990, a glass enclosure was built by the Friends to protect the historic artifact.