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Treasury Department Office of the Secretary,
Washington, D.C., January 7th, 1888
Vice-Admiral H. Rowan, U.S.N. Chairman, Light-House Board.
Referring to letter of the Light-House Board of November 30th, 1887, requesting information as to whether the improvements in the harbor of Yaquina, Oregon, have been completed so as to warrant the establishment of a light in that locality, etc. I transmit herewith a letter of the Honorable the Secretary of War, dated the 30th ultisno???, enclosing a copy of a
report from the officer in charge of the improvements at the entrance of Yaquina Bay, from which it appears that the works are still in an unfinished condition and no present need is believed to exist for reestablishing the light at Yaquina Head, etc.
War Department Washington City December 30th 1887
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 6th instant inclosing a request from the Light House Board for information reflecting the present condition of the harbor of Yaquina, Oregon, and whether the improvements have been completed warranting the establishment of a light in that locality.
In reply I beg to state that the matter was referred to Captain William Young, Corps of Engineers, the Officer in charge of the improvements at the entrance to Yaquina Bay, and to enclose a copy of his report, dated the 17th instant, from which it appears that the works in the harbor are still in an unfinished condition; that
when a proper channel shall have been assured, and commerce shall have so grown as to demand it, the establishment of range lights, to permit night crossings of the bar, would be desirable; but that he can see no present need of re-establishing the light at Yaquina Head.
The Chief of Engineers concurs in Capt. Young's views upon the subject.
Very respectfully Your obedient servant, Wm.C. Endicott, Secretary of War
The Honorable, The Secretary of the Treasury
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