- 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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In 1964 the Coast Guard replaced the lens with a fully automated system. The foghorn was no longer needed with the use of radar on ships so it was dismantled. The light consist of a 1,000 watt bulb and a reflector which magnified the light to 2 million candlepower. The beam of light is visible for 19 miles, and the rotation is timed so that it flashes every 20 seconds. The light is activated by timers and photo-electric cells, which turns it on 30 minutes before sunset and off 30 minutes after sunrise, or whenever visibility is less than 5 miles.
Once the light became automated the Coast Guard sealed the tower. No one was permitted inside the lighthouse at the time of my visit in 1998, however, visitors were welcome to walk around the grounds.