Sunday, August 07, 2016

HIghland Light


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I can't believe it took so many years before I would actually climb the stairs of this lighthouse. One of my memories of my youth is a rental of a guest house in Horton's Camping Resort in North Truro in Cape Cod in the 1960s. The house was in the beam of the Highland Light and at night the light would play across the floor and walls of the house. It was eerie and comforting at the same time. Back then there were no restrictions on preventing cliff erosion and we would run down the sand dunes to the ocean. Highland Light is the oldest and tallest lighthouse on Cape Cod, It was authorized by George Washington and was built on time and under budget. Government worked back then.

Highland Lighthouse
The Lighthouse was moved back from the eroded cliff in 1996. Pokémon Go players should pay a visit, they will find something of interest.

Not far from this site, in 2016 a cliff collapsed. It was not visible from this site but can be seen in this YouTube Video.


The abandoned North Truro Air Force Station is visible from Highland Light, but what is more interesting is the structure , the Jenny Lind Tower to the right of the station. It is a tower that originally was part of the Fitchburg Railroad station in Boston. The story is that Jenny Lind, the "Swedish Nightingale" climbed the tower in Boston to sing to people who were unable to attend her sold-out concert. Lawyer Henry M. Aldrich had the tower dismantled and transported to Truro. The tour guide lamented that this is not being utilized as a tourist location.

This might have been the original name of the site. I should have been paying better attention.

Love these staircases

Hold on to the handrails

A nice breeze at this stop

It is hard to believe that this lighthouse is powered by a single 100 watt halogen lightbulb. When one burns out this device advances to the next bulb. After that the Coast Guard arrives with a new unit.

100 watts, 22 miles

View toward Provincetown

More Stairs

The lighting was interesting

All Lighthouses depend on the optics of the Fresnel lens