Newport in Lincoln County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Lighthouse Life in the Western Wilderness
The keepers worked hard tending the lamp at night and maintaining the light station in spotless order during the day. While keepers polished, cleaned, and repaired the facilities, their families busied themselves with tending the garden and livestock and completing schoolwork. The daily routine was periodically interrupted by holidays, trips to Newport, fierce storms, and visits from lighthouse inspectors.
"Inspector visited in the Shubrick [supply boat] & left the annual supplies[.] The station is in fine condition so far as regards the light and the Principal Keepers dwelling. The 2nd assistant's quarters show negligence & want of care, and is in marked contrast to the quarters of the Principal Keeper. The other keepers will see to this at once. E. C. Merriman." Keeper's Journal, June 25, 1879
John G. Dutches, 2nd Asst. left the station to day
(left) Beginning in 1912, lighthouse keepers earned pins as recognition for meeting efficiency standards. The U.S. Light-House Service strictly regulated the keepers' duties and daily routines, and kept the staff on their toes with unannounced inspections.
(top right) As part of a holiday tradition, the wife of Second Assistant Lighthouse Keeper Fred Booth (left) dresses in his keeper's uniform.
(bottom right) Yaquina Head Lighthouse (ca. 1890). The keepers and their families lived in dwellings located in the grassy area directly in front of you.
Erected by U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
Location. 44° 40.583′ N, 124° 4.697′ W. Marker is in Newport, Oregon, in Lincoln County. Marker can be reached from Northwest Lighthouse Drive. Marker is on walkway from parking lot to Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 750 NW Lighthouse Drive, Newport OR 97365, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Built to Last: Dedication to Quality (here, next to this marker); The Changing Light Station Community: (here, next to this marker); South to Newport (within shouting distance of this marker); A String of Lights (within shouting distance of this marker); It's a Long Way Up (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Family Affair (about 400 feet away); A Keeper's Work Was Never Done (about 400 feet away); Newport, Oregon (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport.
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