- 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 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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This 1860's story about the lighthouse keepers and their families at the Umpqua River Lighthouse will warm your heart. Discover the challenges they met but never expected, and their determination to maintain navigational aid to mariners on the Oregon coast.
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Lighthouse keepers and their families lived and worked in the lighthouse, and in an adjacent assistant lightkeeper's house from 1890 until 1951. The U.S. Coast Guard automated the light in 1956. Ten years later, in 1966, the Coast Guard removed the light from the building which was deteriorating due to neglect and beach erosion. In 1972 Lee County took over ownership of the lighthouse and surrounding 13 acres, and began a long process to save the old building.
The lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Then in 1985-86 the island property owner's association, the Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association, funded total restoration of the lighthouse with help from the State of Florida and local citizens. The lighthouse was re-commissioned in 1986 as a working Coast Guard light. In 1988 the lighthouse and surrounding acreage were transferred from Lee County to the State of Florida and became Gasparilla Island State Recreation Area.
In 1989 a small group of local citizens formed the Barrier Island Parks Society, a non-profit, all volunteer citizen support organization for the state park. Ten years later the building was opened to the public as the Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum.
At the time of my visit here in 2001, this was an active light.
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The Sanibel Lighthouse is located on the East end of Sanibel Island, FL, next to the San Carlos Bay. It was built pyramid style in 1884. The tower stands 98-feet tall and is supported by four metal legs. The cylindrical center column lacks about 20-feet from reaching to the ground. A ladder must be used to access the column. The lantern room houses a third-order Fresnel lens. Originally, the light was fueled by kerosene until 1923 when it was converted to acetylene gas. In 1949 the light was automated.
Since 1950 the U. S. Coast Guard property at the lighthouse has also been a wildlife refuge.
The significance of the Sanibel Lighthouse lies in the regular and reliable service it has provided through its years. At the time of my visit here in 2001, this was still an active light.