Friday, 15 November 2013

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM USA

 The Grays Harbor Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in the state of Washington and marks the narrow entrance to the harbor and fishing town of Westport, coastline of the Pacific Northwest (46° 53′ 18″ N, 124° 7′ 0″ W). The 107 ft. (32.5 m) octagonal brick tower rises above a lush pine forest and was first lit on June 30, 1898. The white tower still houses the original 3rd order Fresnel lens and a narrow 135-steps spiral staircase leads to the painted gray lantern room. In 1931, the Coast Guard electrified the lighthouse and automated it in 1968. The tower was thoroughly renovated and repainted in 1999-2001 and reopened to guided tours.
The US Postal Service continues its popular series of lighthouse stamps issuing on July 13, 2013 five self-adhesive stamps depicting New England Coastal Lighthouses. The five lighthouses are among the oldest in the U.S., and each is on the National Register of Historic Places: Portland Head (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Portsmouth Harbor (New Castle, New Hampshire), Point Judith, (Narragansett, Rhode Island), New London Harbor (New London, Connecticut) and  Boston Harbor (Boston, Massachusetts).

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