St. Helens in Columbia County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Warrior Rock Fog Bell
In October 1856, the U.S. Lighthouse Board entered this fog bell and Cape Disappointment Lighthouse into service, thus establishing the first light station on the Oregon and Washington coast. Positioned on the north side of the entrance to the Columbia River, the bell and lighthouse warned ships off the rocky shoals of the notoriously dangerous bar. In 1888, the Lighthouse Board transferred the bell to Warrior Rock Lighthouse on Sauvle Island, one mile SE of this location. The bell’s clear peal was heard from here on foggy days. In 1969, the U.S. Coast Guard mustered the historic bell out of service and donated it to the care of Columbia County.
This history is contributed by the Columbia County Museum Association
Erected by Columbia County Museum Association.
Location. 45° 51.822′ N, 122° 47.837′ W. Marker is in St. Helens, Oregon, in Columbia County. Marker can be reached from The Strand south of St. Helens Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker and subject bell are located at the west entrance of the Columbia County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 230 The Strand, Saint Helens OR 97051, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within down the trodden path... (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis & Clark Discovery Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodland Community Veterans Memorial (approx. 3½ miles away in Washington); Deer Island (approx. 5½ miles away); Early Highway of the West (approx. 7.2 miles away in Washington); Fort Vancouver (approx. 7.2 miles away in Washington); The Finn Hall (approx. 7½ miles away in Washington); Thomas McKay (approx. 8.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Helens.
More about this marker. Marker is a flag granite tablet, mounted directly on the cement, in front of the subject bell.
Also see . . .
1. Warrior Rock Lighthouse Bell.
Cast in Philadelphia in 1855, the bell was first used at Cape Disappointment at the mouth of the Columbia River. The winds, land contour, and roaring seas made it difficult to hear the bell, so the bell was replaced and moved to the West Point Lighthouse in Puget Sound before eventually ending up at Warrior Rock in 1889. There it remained until May 27, 1969, when a barge ran into the lighthouse causing considerable damage to the foundation and disabling the light and fog bell. While the Coast Guard rebuilt the tower, the historic bell was removed. During the move, the bell fell into the river and (Submitted on January 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Warrior Rock Lighthouse.
The bell has the distinction of being the oldest fog bell in the Pacific Northwest. Cast in Philadelphia by J. Bernhard & Co. in 1855, the bell was first used at Cape Disappointment at the mouth of the Columbia River. The winds, land contour, and roaring seas at the cape made it difficult to hear the bell, so the bell was discontinued in 1881 and transferred to Puget Sound’s West Point Lighthouse. Two years later, the bell was shipped to Warrior Rock. The striking apparatus for the bell was brought in from Washington’s Ediz Hook Lighthouse, which had recently received a stronger one. During its first season of operation at Warrior Rock, the bell was tolled a single blow every fifteen seconds for 316 hours. Joseph Haybrun, the station’s first keeper, recorded in the station’s logbook that he had “trouble with the bell” and that the “lamp kept blowing out.” Lightkeeper Frank DeRoy, who served at Warrior Rock for a decade, nicknamed the bell “Black Moria” because the striking mechanism would often break and he would have to ring the bell manually for hours. (Submitted on January 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Cape Disappointment Lighthouse.
When Cape Disappointment (Submitted on January 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on January 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.