1870-73 Lighthouse Board Annual Reports
1871 sent to you with this. The dwelling for the keepers would then be of wood and like the one shown on your plan, but the tower and house should not be connected, they should be separated so far that in case the dwelling should be burned the tower would not be injured nor the light extinguished. You have then the alternative of building at Trinidad Head: 1st A dwelling and tower combined of brick, like that at Horse Island Lake Ontario or if the appropriation is not sufficient for this, 2nd A wooden house like that represented in the plan sent by you to the Board, and a detached tower of brick like that at Tchefuncte, La. except that in your case the Head being elevated the height seems to be smaller. In regard to the Light House at Yaquina Bay the Board is not informed whether there is any wearing of the beaches around the point or whether the site is high or low. If there is any doubt whatever as to the permanency of the site the house and tower combined and of wood as shown in your plan will be built there but in case the land is hard and fast and you can for see no danger to it from wind (if it is sand) or from encroachments of the sea you will adopt the alternative already mentioned in the case of Trinidad Head.
In regard to the lanterns for these Light Houses, your telegram has just been received, asking that they may be made on this side - they will be put in hand at once and shipped us soon as possible either by Panama or by R Road- the deck plates and railing will be made in San Francisco, after the receipt of the other parts. You are requested to inform the Board as soon as possible, which of the plans herein authorized you will carry into effect, and can go on with the constructive of the one you adopt for Trinidad Head at once and of the one at Yaquina Bay as soon as you are informed by this office that the title is approved by the Honorable the Attorney General. It should be mentioned 1st the tower of the Horse Island plan may be made to suit the locality. At Trinidad Head you will probably make the height as at Stony Point and at Yaquina as shown for Horse Island and Ogdensburg or raise it this height. 2nd the entrance to the tower should be on the side as at Ogdensburg and Horse Island, being better protected than at Stony Point The drawings sent you today are: 1st - 4 drawings of the L.H. tower at Tchefuncteogde, La. 2nd - 2 Drawings of L.H. Dwellings and Towers at Stony Point, Horse Island and Ogdensburg, N.Y. 3rd - 4 prints of the lanterns such as you