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North Head lies near the mouth of the Columbia River, approximately two miles north of Cape Disappointment. The Cape Disappointment light, installed in 1856, was obscured to ships approaching from the north by the headland extending southwest from the light. This obstruction led to many shipwrecks, including the Harvest Home in 1882, Whistler in 1883, Carrie B. Lake in 1886, Grace Roberts in 1887, and Strathblane in 1891.
To remedy the situation, a lighthouse was built at North Head, which faces the ocean directly and would be clearly visible to ships traveling from the north. The 65-foot tower stood on a 130-foot cliff. The lens was the first-order lens from Cape Disappointment, and was first lit in 1898. A small workroom was built at the base. Two residences, a barn, and several other outbuildings were built east of the lighthouse. A fog signal was also built, but proved as inaudible as the one at Cape Disappointment,
December 11th, 2012
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