L is for Lighthouse #atozchallenge #AZchat

USCG Tillamook Rock LighthouseI’m a lighthouse junkie. They fascinate me. Maybe it’s because they represent safety at sea, or maybe because of the giant lights and lenses. I don’t know, really. Maybe it’s that they stand solitary and mysterious, and I imagine they’re full of stories.

When I travel, I tend to seek them out. This one is off the coast of Oregon, called the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.

porttownsendIt’s abandoned now, but it used to be one of the most miserable lighthouse keeping posts due to its dangerous and remote conditions. It was finally closed 1957 and became a columbarium in 1980, since closed due to shoddy record-keeping. Now it’s owned by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex and is a stopping place for migrating birds.

This one is Point Wilson Lighthouse in Fort Worden State Park, on a beach north of Port Townsend, Washington. Trivia: Fort Worden was the shooting location for An Officer and a Gentleman.

My last lighthouse share for today is the Cape Disappointment lighthouse at the very southwestern corner of Washington State. Sitting high above the mouth of the Columbia River, it’s quite stylishly painted with broad black bands. Visitors to Cape Disappointment State Park can hike up to the lighthouse for a closer look, but it’s closed to the public.cape disappointment

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