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North Head Lighthouse is an active aid to navigation overlooking the Pacific Ocean from a rocky promontory located approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Cape Disappointment and the mouth of the Columbia River, near Ilwaco, Washington State.
The light at North Head was built because mariners approaching the Columbia River from the north could not see the Cape Disappointment light until they had nearly reached the river mouth. This need was supported by the many shipwrecks that occurred along the Long Beach Peninsula, just north of the Columbia River.
The North Head light was first turned on in 1897 and is now the most intact light station on the Pacific Northwest coast. All of the original buildings remain standing, including the tower, two oil houses, two residences, a barn, chicken coop, and garages. Read more here and here. Click here to explore North Head.