- I worked as a tour guide for two summers at the Umpqua River Lighthouse in Oregon. This opportunity enabled me to learn more about this lighthouse than any of the others I've seen. Although I have personally visited and photographed 302 lighthouses in the United States and three Provinces in Canada, the Umpqua River Lighthouse has special meaning for me. This is where I was inspired to write my book titled, "The Wickie."
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27 November 2014
20 November 2014
This new lighthouse replaced the old in 1907. Its lantern room was equipped with a fourth-order Fresnel lens. The tower stands 32-feet tall and sets atop one of the two dwellings. (Roof line of dwellings seen better in picture below.) Originally, the lighthouse was painted a buff color, but in 1956 it was painted red. "Big Red," as it is known by the local people, marks the entrance to Lake Michigan and the Holland Harbor. The light was automated in 1970.
In the summer of 1998, I visited this lighthouse and enjoyed it along with beautiful weather that day. However, if I were to try and visit the lighthouse on this November day that I'm posting this to my blog, I couldn't get there because of the deep snow in most parts of Michigan.
I've classified this lighthouse as a Michigan Beauty. Would I have done so if the lighthouse was still painted a buff color? Honestly, I would have to see the buff color to be sure, but the red is beautiful.
13 November 2014
The original tower had to be replaced twice; first in 1848 and again in 1890. A fourth-order Fresnel lens was installed in 1857 to replace the previous fixed red light. In 1985 the light was automated.
The two-story keeper's dwelling was built n 1879, and a second dwelling added in 1908. One dwelling is connected to the tower by a covered walkway, which can be better viewed by clicking on the above picture.
At the time of my visit here in 1997, a Coast Guard family lived in the keeper's dwelling, and the light was active. Today's light shines from the 36-foot high cylindrical white brick structure of 1890.
06 November 2014
In 1877 the Lighthouse Board recognized the station was in jeopardy and approved a second move. Two cast-iron towers, lined with brick, were erected even further inland, situated 100-feet apart, with a new keeper's house between them. In December 1879, the old south tower toppled off the cliff. Little more than a year later, the old north light and keeper's dwelling also toppled.
Early in the 20th Century, the government began phasing out twin-light stations in the interest of economy. In 1923, the newer north tower was moved to North Eastham to replace the sole surviving Three Sisters Light at Nauset Beach. In 1969, the remaining Chatham tower, pictured above, was refitted with an aerobeacon. The light was automated in 1982.
The Fresnel lenses from both lights are exhibited at the Chatham Historical Society's Old Atwood House.
At the time of my visit here in 2001, this lighthouse was an active light.