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1892 — Willamette River Light-Station, at the mouth of the Willamette River, Oregon.—The channel at the entrance to the Willamette River from the Columbia River is quite narrow, and vessels coming up or down the Columbia River bound into the Willamette River have at times in foggy weather great difficulty in locating the entrance. This causes much delay and great inconvenience to the regular passenger and freight steamers. A light and fog signal at the mouth of the Willamette River would be of great service to the commerce of that river. It is estimated that these could be placed for not exceeding $6,000, and it is recommended that an appropriation of this amount be made therefor.

1893 -—. Willamette River light-station, at the mouth of the Willamette The new proposals being excessive also, it has been ordered that the work be done by day labor.

1894 -—. Willamette River light-station, at the mouth of the Willamette River, Oregon.—The following statement made in the Board's last annual report is repeated: The establishment of a light and fog-signal station here, at a cost not exceeding $6,000, was authorized by the act approved February 15, 1893, but no appropriation therefor has yet been made.
NOTE.—An appropriation of $6,000 for the establishment of this light-station was made by the sundry civil appropriation act approved August 18, 1894. The work will be taken in hand at an early day.

1895 — Willamette River light-station, at the mouth of the Willamette River, Oregon.—Contract was made for the erection of the station. It is expected that the work will be begun at an early day.

1896 – Willamette River light-station, at the mouth of the Willamette River, Oregon.—The contractor for the erection of this station completed his work October 30,1895. The fog-signal machinery was put in place, and everything was in readiness; the station went into commission December 31,1895. Since that date it has been continuously in service.

1935 – Light deactivated.

1955 – Destroyed by fire.

Keepers: Joseph Burchall (1895 – 1900), Daniel R. Hurlbut (1900 – 1906), John Dunphy (1906 – 1908), Mary Dunphy (1908), Thomas E. Stanfield (1908 – 1912), Christian Bang (1912), Hermann G. Halkett (1912 – at least 1924).


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