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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tower Standing

Photo by Midnight Mike
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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Jacob said...

I don't know but I think it's a shame the tower is would seem to be something of a landmark. Change is not always a good thing.

It is a beautiful photo.

Clytie said...

I also think it's a shame that they took it down. It was very picturesque ... and like Jacob said ... change is not always a good thing.

Francisca said...

We have a choir in harmony here. Lovely lighting. And it's so great to be able to have this conversation. Thanks Midnight Mike and Sheryl!

B SQUARED said...

Loran C was used before GPS came around. I used it on my boat.

Anonymous said...

those wooden structures had nothing to do with LORAN A or C. LORAN transmitting stations were sophisticated larger affairs strategically located-there were only a handfull of them for the entire Pacific

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