It’s a long way up
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
N 44° 40.610 W 124° 04.780
10T E 414428 N 4947618
This sign is located at the west base of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
Waymark Code: WM14TT
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 01/14/2007
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 13

This sign is located near the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.

Marker Name: It’s a long way up
Marker Text: Yaquina Head’s light is 81’ 2” (25 m) above the ground and 162’ (49 m) above mean sea level; the top of the tower is 10’ (3 m) higher still.
Higher is better
On America’s rugged west coast, keeping lights low enough to be seen under the fog was often a problem. However, if they were placed too low, they couldn’t be seen far enough away to be useful.
Late nights at the office
Imagine spending all of a long winter’s night sitting on a stiff chair 70 feet (21 m) up in the tower watching the light. Now try to imagine doing it in the years before there was radio, TV, or even electricity! The building attached to the light tower has two rooms which once served as the “oil room and office.” However, the keepers stood nightly watch in the tower itself.
Still Lighting the Way
Many ships and boats continue to depend on lighthouses for navigational aid. Equipment in the small building attached to the light tower keeps a light on in case the electricity fails. A small battery-powered back-up light is attached to the railing surrounding the “lantern deck,” you can see it from the observation deck at the base of the tower.

Historic Topic: Modern Age 1900 to date

Group Responsible for placement: BLM

Marker Type: Trail

Region: Coast

County: Lincoln

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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