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Umpqua River postcard face - click to enlarge

Umpqua River postcard obverse - click to enlarge

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Umpqua River

State: OR
Year established: 1857
Latitude: 43 deg 39 min 42 sec N
Longitude: 124 deg 12 min 0 sec W
Height above sea level: 165 feet

Original construction:
brick tower on north spit of Umpqua River

1894: current 61-foot conical masonry lighthouse built on 100 foot ridge after original was undermined by river flow in 1861

automated in 1966, active aid to navigation

Light characteristic:
alternating 2 white flashes and 1 red flash every 15 seconds, the white visible for 21 nautical miles, the red visible for 20 nautical miles

More information:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security / United States Coast Guard, Light List, Volume 6 Pacific Coast and Pacific Islands, Pacific Coast and Outlying Pacific Islands, (Washington, DC: GPO, 2004), p. 8