- 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.
26 January 2012
19 January 2012
The lighthouse which also served as the keepers living quarters was remodeled in 1904 and enlarged by adding two rooms to each floor on the north side. This resulted in duplex apartments and enabled the keeper and his family to using all three floors on the east, and the assistant keeper to use those rooms on the west.
On October 20, 1904 the lantern was moved to Michigan City's harbor light where its beacon was seen until removal in 1980. At the time of my visit to this lighthouse / museum in 1998, the original Fresnel Lens was on display in the museum.
12 January 2012
The privately owned and operated light is in a residential area. The beacon operates year round and is controlled by a photo sensor that automatically turns the light on, day or night, when the sky darkens. The owners are listed with the U.S. Coast Guard as the official lighthouse keepers.
This lighthouse is one of the most ornate of all Wisconsin lights, with white and cream colored stucco walls and delicate black ironwork. Numerous windows line the tower and a short staircase leads to a doorway at the light's base. During the late 1950's the light was turned off and the tower fell into disrepair for a number of years. The light was restored and re-lit in the summer of 1986 by the owners of the property. At the time of my visit to the lighthouse in 2002, this was an active lighthouse.
05 January 2012
The lighthouse was the brainchild of a Fond Du Lac lumberman W.J. Nuss and was built entirely with donated building materials and private funds. The cornerstone was laid in 1933. The white, Cape Cod style tower stands approximately 66 feet tall and measures 12 feet in diameter. The base is composed of stone. Funds to purchase the light to top the tower were raised by the local yacht club. A stairway allows the public to climb to the open walkway atop the tower. The observation platform is 44 feet from the ground, but in the early 1960's the tower was closed to the public as it was deemed unsafe. Then in 1967 it was saved through repairs, and restored in 1993.
Boaters utilize the red light atop the white tower by lining it up with a light behind the boathouses, similarly to a range light system. At the time of my visit in 2002 the light was operational during the boating season, May - Oct.