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The Beacons of Oregon

The Beacons of Oregon
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.15

     challenging words:    historical, originally, beacon, coastal, keeper, banks, repairs, lines, however, early, journey, shores, lighthouse, longer, actual, since
     content words:    Cape Arago, Coos Bay, Cape Blanco, San Francisco, Heceta Head, Pacific Ocean, Oswald Allik, Umpqua River, United States, Yaquina Head

The Beacons of Oregon
By Tammy Scarbrough

1     The lighthouses of Oregon have long been a beacon in the darkness for the many ships that pass through the Oregon coastal waters. There were originally nine lighthouses in the state, but only five of them are still active today. Those are the ones we will learn about here. The other four are historical landmarks for visitors to see. At one time, lighthouses had to be run by people who lived in the tower. However, computers have replaced the need for actual humans to run the lighthouses.
2     Cape Arago - This 44-foot tower on Cape Arago was the first lighthouse that was built after Oregon became a state in 1859. It sits on Chief's Island in Coos Bay. In the early days, it was a very dangerous journey to the island. One keeper even died while trying to return to the island. Later a bridge was built, making it easier to get to. Cape Arago's light shines from a solar-powered lens.
3     Cape Blanco - The 59-foot lighthouse on Cape Blanco is a unique one in that it sits on three fault lines. Because of the fault lines, an earthquake could happen at any time. In fact, after the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906, the lighthouse keeper wrote in his log that the tower swayed for about a minute. This lighthouse is located on the waters of the Elk and Sixes rivers.

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