From "Statement of Appropriations, &c." from March 4, 1789, to June 30, 1882. Published in 1886.
General object (title of appropriation) and details and explanations.
Cape Foulweather light-station. For two harbor range lights to mark the entrance to Yaquina Bay, Oregon For the erection of a first-class sea-coast light at or near Cape Foulweather Total
Date of act making the appropriation July 15, 1870 Mar. 3, 1871
Reference to the Stats. at Large.
Volume. 16 16
Page. 299 513
Section. 1 1
Amount of annual appropriation. 20,000 00 90,000 00 _________ 110,000 00
Year of expenditure. 1871 1872 1873 1874 1875
Expenditure by warrants. 15,818 45 1,771 70 66,371 44 24, 537 14 ____________ 108,498 73
Repayments. 522 58 908 58 185 53 ____________ 1,616 69
Amount carried to the surplus fund. 2,932 43
185 53 _______ 3,117 96
Net expenditures. 15,818 45 1,249 12 66,371 44 23,443 03 __________ 106,882 04
Cape Foulweather, sea-coast of Oregon.---An estimate was submitted last year for a sea-coast light at this point. A reservation of the necessary land has been made. This being one of the outlying points on the Pacific coast upon which a first-class light must be placed, sooner or later, and in consideration of the commerce of that coast, the estimate is renewed this year.
408. Cape Foulweather, sea-coast of Oregon.---For the erection of a first-class sea-coast Light at or near this point there was appropriated at the last session of Congress $90,000. It is proposed to erect a brick tower eighty feet from the ground to the focal plane, giving the focal plane a height of about one hundred and fifty feet above sea level. The plans have been completed; work was commenced about September 1, and will be completed during the present fiscal year.
Yaquina Head (Cape Foulweather) Light Station List for 1893 N.E. by N., 2 miles.
YAQUINA HEAD LIGHT-STATION, OREG., NE. by N., 2 MILES 1897 ??? 1901
------. Cape Foulweather, sea-coast of Oregon.--- Work has been seriously hindered by the difficulties connected with the transportation of materials. Since the commencement of work in the autumn of 1871 the lighters have been destroyed twice, and the schooner engaged in bringing materials from San Francisco has been obliged to discharge most of her freight at Newport, to be reshipped in milder weather, besides twice getting on the bar at the mouth of Yaquina Bay, and being once partially wrecked. Part of the materials have been hauled from Newport, six miles over an almost impassable road to the light-house site. The metal-work was completed at Portland, Oregon, June 1 1872. After the failure of persistent efforts to charter a vessel for carrying iron and brick from Portland to the cape, the metal-work was shipped via San Francisco. About one-half the time since the work began has been lost on account of the difficulties of transportation. The foundation of the tower has been laid, and work commenced on the keeper's dwelling, a double frame house. Both will probably be completed this season.
446. Cape Foulweather, sea-coast of Oregon.--- the keepers dwelling was completed in September, 1872. Notwithstanding the delays connected with transportation, the light-house would have been completed and the light exhibited as early as January, 1873, but for the fact that a part of the lantern had been lost at sea in transportation from the East, a fact not discovered in time to prevent delay. Duplicates of the missing pieces have at length been received, and the light will be exhibited on the 20th of August, 1873.
459. Cape Foulweather, sea-coast of Oregon.---This station was completed and the light exhibited for the first time on the night of August 20, 1873.
460. Cape Foulweather, (Yaquina Head,)sea-coast of Oregon.---At this station the two sides of the keeper's dwelling most exposed to severe rain and wind storms, and which leaked badly, have been covered with rustic siding. They will now be perfectly tight. The tower has been whitewashed, and the dwelling painted. Some work has been done by the keeper on the road between the station and Yaquina Bay. Many minor details have received attention. The entire station is now in excellent order.
475. Cape Foulweather, sea-coast of Oregon.---Repairs to the building and tower are required, materials for which have been purchased.
474. Cape Foulweather, sea-coast of Oregon.---The dwelling and tower were during the year thoroughly repaired and painted, and the station is now in good order.
493. Cape Foulweather (Yaquina Head), sea-coast of Oregon.--- High winds prevailed at this station for a period of 7 days during March, and broke many panes of glass in the storm-sashes, inside sashes, and windows attached to the keeper's dwelling. Twenty running feet of shingles were blown from the roof of the oil-house, and about 50 feet of the picket-fence, which was old and decayed, was blown down and completely destroyed. All the articles necessary to replace those destroyed, together with paint, &c., have been shipped to the station by the Shubrick, and the repairs will soon be made.
503. Cape Foulweather (Yaquina Head), sea-coast of Oregon.---This is also an exposed head-land where violent gusts of wind are not infrequent. The soil near the upper surface is very friable and is filled with gravel and small pebbles. During squalls the face of the cliff is swept by winds and great quantities of sand and gravel are lifted from their beds and driven against the buildings, injuring the shutters and breaking glass. To screen the station in a moderate degree against this influence a close board fence about 8 feet high was built, in August around the crest of the bluff close up to the margin, to arrest as far as practicable the flight of the gravel and throw it back upon the beach below. It has worked very satisfactorily. In January, the roof of the dwelling was greatly injured, the fences were blown down, the pickets broken off, and the displaced material scattered, drift-like over the station. In October and January, sea-fowls broke, in the night-time, several panes of glass in the lantern. All repairs have been made and the station is in good order.