North Head Light

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North Head Light in 2003 - 42nd trip
North Head Light in 2003 - 42nd trip

Ilwaco, Washington

Built: 1898

Automated: 1961

Located on the ocean side, north of Cape Disappointment, this light marks the Columbia River entrance for vessels traveling along the Pacific coast from the north. It is 65 feet tall with a focal plane of 194 feet above sea level. Conical in shape, it was built from dressed stone with a brick lining. When it was constructed, it received the first-order Fresnel lens from the Cape Disappointment Light. That lens was replaced in 1939 by the Coast Guard, and is on display at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Fort Canby State Park.

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