Pacific NW lighthouses reflect ruggedness, beauty, and history; in our lighthouse models we strive to reflect that. ~~During the era of western expansion that followed the US Civil War, the ocean was the highway and lighthouses were the road signs. Built approximately 40 miles apart, these lighthouses opened the Pacific Ocean to nighttime traffic. At night sailing ships followed this string of lighthouses to bring the products from Pacific Northwest fields, rivers, forests, and factories to San Francisco markets and return with supplies needed by the pioneers who settled the West. In addition to the string of the coastal lights that included Yaquina Head Lighthouse, smaller lighthouses with smaller lenses, such as Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, were constructed at the entrance to coastal harbors. These harbor lights acted as exit signs along the marine highway to guide ships into coastal ports where Willamette Valley cargo was shipped and received via railroads and wagon roads.
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