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North Head Lighthouse - Ilwaco On Washington's Southwest Coast
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2 miles south of Ilwaco, Washington, just north of the Washington/Oregon border lies Cape Disappointment State Park, home to two lighthouses: Cape Disappointment Lighthouse (1856) and North Head Lighthouse (1898) at Beard's Hollow.
North Head is the windiest lighthouse area on the West Coast and the second windiest in the nation. Winds of 120 miles per hour have been recorded at the site. The lighthouse itself is only sixty-five feet tall, but it sits on a bluff 130 feet high overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The light of its modern marine style beacon, which is still in use today, is visible 17 miles out to sea.
North Head Light is one of the oldest, most picturesque lighthouses on the Pacific Coast.
March 2nd, 2011
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