I worked as a tour guide for two summers at the Umpqua River Lighthouse in Oregon. This opportunity enabled me to learn more about this lighthouse than any of the others I've seen. Although I have personally visited 302 lighthouses in the United States and three Provinces in Canada, the Umpqua River Lighthouse has special meaning for me.
Grays Harbor Lighthouse was built in 1898 and is located at Westport, Washington. It is one of the tallest lighthouses on the Pacific Coast. The octagonal white masonry tower stands more than 107 feet. This lighthouse was commissioned in 1897 and since built it has served as a coastal light guiding ships into the harbor. The 135 step metal spiral staircase has nine landings and leads to the lantern room. The light emits both red and white flashes but only the white flashes are visible for 23 miles. The tower sets on a 12 foot concrete sub-base. At the time of my visit in 1999 this was an active light owned by the Coast Guard. This lighthouse was normally open to visitors, but was temporally closed for interior work during my visit.