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North Head Lighthouse - Graveyard Of The Pacific - Ilwaco Wa
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Tucked behind Cape Disappointment at the mouth of the Columbia River Ilwaco, Washington sits at the confluence of history and cultures.
Before there were lighthouses on the the Long Beach Peninsula, ships bound for Portland and Astoria navigated their way through the high waves and shifting sandbars, focusing on fluttering white flags and notched trees along the shoreline by day and flickering signal fires by night. These methods were crude at best and, despite heroic efforts, the sea offshore the Peninsula became known as 'The Graveyard of the Pacific'.
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, built in 1856, helped to secure the coast. However, ships approaching the Columbia River from the north could not see the Cape Disappointment Light until it was too late to enter the river channel.
That's why, in 1898, North Head Lighthouse was added at Beard's Hollow.
Walk right up to North Head's 65 feet tall lighthouse tower, a very pleasant and serene place. Hear the history of this pituresque century-old lighthouse as you make the trip to the top, and enjoy the breath taking panoramic view of the Peninsula and Pacific Ocean.
March 2nd, 2011
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