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 in the Pacific Northwest. All of its 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 download the CoastView app and explore the Columbia River mouth.