June 15, 2010
In response to Astoria Daily Photo's post of September 23 ("Tower Down") Midnight Mike sent this gorgeous photo of the same tower while it was still alive. Mike asked his friend Ken what the tower was for and then explained that the tower was built by the Coast Guard. This and similar towers were sited near "Aids to Navigation" such as lights, foghorns, "LORAN-C," etc. so these navigational aids could be maintained and repaired. I had never heard of LORAN-C, so I looked it up. It seems the government was shutting down this system of geolocation in February, so maybe that's the story.
In the background, you can see the Young's Bay bridge crossing to Warrenton over the mouth of Young's Bay. The two square towers on the bridge are what make the drawbridge work.
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