- For two summers I worked as a tour guide at the Umpqua River Lighthouse in Oregon. This opportunity enabled me to learn more about that 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."
I invite you to read my book, "THE WICKIE." Preview the book's cover and watch the trailer below.
(Wickie was a nickname used by the early lighthouse keepers at the Umpqua River Lighthouse in OR.)
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.
To order your signed copy of "The Wickie", send me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Book is $15 plus tax and shipping.
My book is also available on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Use the Tabs below for links to these websites. At their website, click on books - In the Search area enter The Wickie.
16 April 2015
This current lighthouse, built in 1894, continues to operate with its original first-order Fresnel lens at the top of the 65-foot tower. Note the white cover surrounding the lens in the lantern room. Read my book and learn about the cover. The lighthouse overlooks sand dunes and the mouth of Umpqua River from an elevation of 165-feet above the water on the south side of the bay. The picture below shows this landscape.
The light in the Umpqua River Lighthouse is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard, while the lighthouse, a museum, and gift shop are maintained by Douglas County.
The Heceta Head Lighthouse, which I posted last week, is considered to be a sister lighthouse of the Umpqua River Lighthouse because they, for the most part, are of identical design.
09 April 2015
The Queen Anne style duplex, pictured below, was built to house two assistant light-keepers. The head light-keeper lived in a smaller house that once stood alongside of the duplex. The historic assistant keepers house, known as Heceta House, was built in 1893. At the times of my visits here in 1999, 2004 and 2005, the Heceta House offered bed and breakfast rentals and facilities for group events. The U.S. Coast Guard transferred responsibility for the building to the U.S. Forest Service.