The women who survived time at Oregon's 'Terrible Tilly' lighthouse

Mimi Morissette values her seaside property, the acre-wide Tillamook Rock, a mile offshore of Ecola State Park in Northwest Oregon, at $8 million. Others see the isolated, dynamite-blasted basalt outpost, shaped like a sea monster, topped with a battered lighthouse and overrun by 2,000-pound Steller sea lions, as something destined to be swallowed by the Pacific Ocean.

Tillamook, OR - USLHS Archives

The future of the abandoned 1881 Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is as unpredictable as the unrelenting ocean forces that have hurled waves, wind and rain at the two-foot-thick ashlar-stone fortress. Storms have pounded steel doors and cast-iron railings, lifted concrete and pummeled the lantern room’s glass panes with sizable pieces of the rock itself.

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John Smeaton's Eddystone UK, lighthouse designs shown in Leeds

Detailed plans for one of the UK's most famous lighthouses have gone on display in the hometown of its designer and "genius" engineer John Smeaton. 

 

Eddystone England - USLHS archives
Eddystone "Smeaton's Tower", UK - USLHS archives

Sketches of the Eddystone lighthouse are featured in a book of Smeaton's work, which is on show at Leeds Industrial Museum.

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L.A. film crew shoots 'horror' movie at "haunted" Lorain lighthouse, OH 

Lorain, OH - "A troubled young man accepts a job at an abandoned lighthouse ... then encounters eerie and puzzling events."

Lorain West Breakwater, OH - USLHS archives

That will be part of the trailer for Beneath The Light, a horror movie that just wrapped up production at the 106-year-old Lorain Lighthouse.

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The Last Lighthouse Keeper In America

For the greater part of two decades, Sally Snowman has lived and worked contentedly on Little Brewster Island, a craggy patch of bare rock, crabgrass, concrete, and dilapidated buildings in Boston’s outer harbor. 

Sally-Snowman -USPS photo by Dan Afzal

Under the auspices of the Coast Guard, she serves as the keeper, and the historian, of Boston Light. The lighthouse, opened in September, 1716, was the first in the American colonies, and Snowman is the last official keeper in the United States.

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Cape Lookout (NC) Lighthouse: Celebrating 164 years of light

Cape Lookout - HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Today marks the 164 years since Cape Lookout Lighthouse was lit for the first time!

Cape Lookout, NC - David Zapatka

Cape Lookout stands at 163 feet tall and has been a navigational aid for mariners for over a century and a half.

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Bailey's annual ornament features beloved Sanibel Island (FL) lighthouse

Bailey’s General Store on Sanibel recently unveiled its 2023 Christmas ornament, which showcases the iconic Sanibel Lighthouse and reflects the enduring spirit of islanders and visitors both near and far.

Sanibel Island, FL - USLHS archives

“This cherished tradition is just a small way for the third and fourth generations of owner-operators at Bailey’s to maintain a personal connection with customers while the fourth building iteration of Bailey’s General Store and Bailey’s Center is planned,” fourth-generation owner-operator Calli Johnson said in a prepared statement.

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Port Washington (WI) Breakwater lighthouse restoration shelved for 2024, maybe 2025

Port Washington's proposed 2024 budget does not include funding to refurbish and repair the city's iconic lighthouse, a fact that prompted criticism from Mayor Ted Neitzke.

Port Washington Breakwater, WI - Thomas A Tag

But, the chairman of the General Government and Finance Committee said that the city is not yet in a position to finance the repairs next year as it juggles other priorities.

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Haunted Attractions: Fort Gratiot (MI) Lighthouse Is Said To Offer Up Real Life Paranormal Activity

Steeped in history and mystery, the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, Michigan's oldest lighthouse, has intrigued paranormal enthusiasts with its eerie phenomena.

Fort Gratiot, MI - Thomas A Tag

Constructed in 1829, the lighthouse has become a hotspot for those seeking the supernatural.

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Haunted Heceta Head (OR) lighthouse to open for tours this month

The Queen Anne styles cottage with a red roof overlooks the rocky cliffs and violent waves of the Pacific Ocean below as it has done so for more than a century.

Heceta Head, OR - James Hill

The former living quarters of the keepers house at Heceta Head Light station has carried its tale of the Gray Lady for close to seven decades.

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