In 1961, the area which is now known as Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park was donated to the State of California by the Helen Brown, wife of a former New York Congressman Lathrop Brown. They acquired the property in 1924 and built a stone house along the Big Sur coast.
As I recall the story, Helen was the adopted child of a wealthy family in New York. When they died, she was left with a fortune. She married Brown, moved to California and purchased this property, which was literally in the middle of nowhere. There were few people in the area but Helen and Julia became good friends, so good, in fact, that when Helen donated the property to the State of California, one stipulation was that the land be made into a state park and another was that it be named after her friend Julia.
The Brown's built a home at this location above the ocean. Their home had extraordinary views. This view looks north.
The view looking South was even more magnificent than the other one. An 80' waterfall poured on to the white sand beach with Caribbean blue waters at McWay Cove.
If there is a more beautiful view along the Pacific coast, I haven't seen it and can't imagine how it could be more beautiful than this location.