Tuesday, August 7, 2012

This Day in History August 7, 1789

North Head Lighthouse at Twilight, SW Coast, Washington

I love that I get to put the picture of one of my favorite lighthouses for today's feature.  This is a picture of North Head Lighthouse along the Western Washington coast, and I have been there many times.  I have even toured it.  I lived in Long Beach, Washington for a time during my childhood, and this has many fond memories for me.

Now, why would I be talking about a lighthouse?  Well, because on this date in 1789, Congress approved "Act for the Establishment and support of Lighthouse, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers."  So, today is National Lighthouse Day.  This holiday was first recognized on August 6, 1989.  I am sure you have heard about lighthouses have been torn down and replaced with just a light.  Lighthouses are no longer really needed, but isn't there something romantic about the old lighthouses?  

North Head Lighthouse

This is another beautiful lighthouse on the Washington coast--Cape Disappointment.  Yes, I have been there as well.  

North Head Lighthouse by Cape Disappointment

What we would do if these beautiful lighthouses were gone?  If you can believe it, there is a place right in this rocky hill that was used during the war.  It is kind of a hideout, and it is close to the waters.  When I was a child, I actually used to go down inside of this hill with my dad.  It is closed off now, but it was always neat to be so close to the waves of the Pacific.  I had no idea how dangerous it was back then.

North Head

If you have a chance, visit a lighthouse near you.  I am not in a position to do that today, but I  have hopefully convinced you that getting rid of these glorious old lighthouses would be a travesty.

For more information about National Lighthouse Day, check out:
http://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/2012/8/7/national-lighthouse-day
http://www.lighthousefoundation.org/museum/natllighthouseday_info.htm

For more information about the two featured lighthouses (and gorgeous pictures), please check out:
http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=116
http://capedisappointment.org/

Picture sources:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/26026074@N08/4242237582/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/62005704@N00/5061241880/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonythemisfit/3052219034/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/backwords/5797496473/

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