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California Scenery. Seal Rocks - Point Lobos
During the 19th century, ownership of the land around Point Lobos, about three miles south of Carmel, changed numerous times (once supposedly during a card game). The area served as a pasture for livestock, the site of a whaling station, as an abalone cannery and as the location from which coal was shipped from nearby mines. In this print, Currier & Ives focused on the scenic wonder of the land rather than on industry. Point Lobos was well known for its rich variety of wildlife including seals, sea lions, sea otter and migrating whales. Thousands of seabirds also made the area their home. Currier & Ives set the scene at night and showed the coast illuminated by a full moon. Men on horses and horse-drawn carriages pass each on their way to the observation tower to view the beauty of the California coast. Today, the area is a state park and contains numerous walking trails.
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