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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 over 300 lighthouses in the United States and three Provinces in Canada, the Umpqua River Lighthouse has special meaning for me. All pictures posted in this blog were taken by me, unless noted otherwise. The Umpqua River Lighthouse is where I was inspired to write my book titled, "The Wickie."

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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 to: awbates1955@gmail.com. The Book is $15 plus tax and shipping.

My book is also available on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Select the appropriate Tab below for a link to your favorite websites. At the website, click on books - In the Search area enter The Wickie.

27 September 2012

Massachusetts - Highland Lighthouse (Cape Cod)

The Highland Lighthouse is located at Truro, MA and is Cape Cod's oldest lighthouse. The first lighthouse was a forty-five foot wooden tower built in 1797. It was originally called Clay Pounds Light because it was built on the site of the Truro Clay Pound. In 1857 the Lighthouse Service established a brick tower and whale oil-burning lantern atop the 125 foot bluff known as the "High Land" at North Truro. It was an attempt to eliminate the frequent shipwrecks occurring along the busy shipping lane past the Outer Cape. Although officially called Cape Cod Light, most of its existence the local residents have always regarded the structure as Highland Light, and the latter is now the proper designation.

While the lofty dune beneath it made Highland Light a widely visible landmark, concern arose that the fixed white beacon would be confused with the similar one at Boston Light. To eliminate the possibility, the lantern was equipped with a revolving "screen," which created the country's first flashing signal.

Erosion of the nearby bluff presented a less imminent, but ultimately more forbidding dilemma. The ever encroaching sea gradually undercut the cliff below the light and threatened to tumble the station into the sea. By the 1990's, it was only about 100 feet from the edge of the steep bank. In June 1996 the 400-plus ton structure was moved 450 feet inland at a cost of well over one million dollars. It was moved onto Cape Cod National Seashore property. At the time of my visit in 2001, the Highland Lighthouse was an active light. It was owned and operated by the Park Service as a private aide to navigation.

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