North Head Lighthouse, Cape Disappointment - c. 1910


North Head Lighthouse, Cape Disappointment - Pacific Photo Co.

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The idea of lighthouses as tourist destinations is clearly nothing new, as shown by this couple visiting in their carriage a hundred years ago. Their destination is the North Head lighthouse, built to supplement the earlier Cape Disappointment lighthouse, installed in 1856. North Head was added because ships approaching from the north could not always see the older structure. Completed in 1898, North Head initially used the first-order Fresnel lens from the older lighthouse, which had been upgraded. Today it uses more modern optics, but the basic structure still looks very much like this view from 1910. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0497
Photographer Pacific Photo Co.
Location Washington State
Subject Vacations and Holidays
Decade 1910s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Postcard
Size of Original 3.4 x 4.3 inches
Photographer's Number Number 18