Thursday, June 14, 2007

Leave a Light(house) on

Stamp collectors and lighthouse lovers are about to have something in common: Next week the U.S. Postal Service is issuing a series of stamps featuring famous Pacific lighthouses.

Specifically, you’ll get a chance to admire Diamond Head Light in Hawaii, Five Finger Light in Alaska, Grays Harbor Light in Washington, Umpqua River Light in Oregon, and St. George Reef Light in California. Why these? Because each played a historic role in guiding vessels through hazardous water. For example, while St. George Reef Light stands on an exposed rock off the coast of northern California, there’s a hazardous reef beneath the surface. Due to the actions of the St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society, the light is now on the National Register of Historic Places and received a new lens in 2002. And Grays Harbor Light, a.k.a. the Westport Lighthouse, is the tallest lighthouse in the state of Washington and among the tallest on the Pacific Coast.

In fact, Westport is where the stamps will be issued, on June 21. To get yours, visit your local post office or order them via the postal service’s Web site.

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