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The US Bureau of Lighthouses was created in 1789 by the 9th Act of the first Congress which placed lighthouses under federal control. Over the years, lighthouses were placed under the direction of Department of Revenue (this department was disbanded in 1820), Department of Treasury (until 1903), then the Department of Commerce. The Lighthouse Board (of the U. S. Lighthouse Establishment) held sway from 1852 to July 1, 1910 when Commerce created the Lighthouse Service. The United States Coast Guard took over on July 7, 1939. After 1852 the country was divided into Lighthouse Districts; originally eight, they eventually numbered 19. Each District was run by a Naval Officer appointed by the Lighthouse Board as the District Inspector. He ran the district in tandem with an Army Corps of Engineers' officer who was in charge of engineering projects. In 1910, civilians started replacing the military officers. Lighthouse keepers were needed to trim the wicks, replenish fuel, wind clockworks and perform maintenance tasks such as cleaning lenses and windows.
Point Sur Lighthouse
Point Sur Lighthouse
Point Fermin Lighthouse
Point Fermin Lighthouse
Tybee Island Lighthouse
Tybee Island Lighthouse
Tybee Island Lighthouse
Tybee Island Lighthouse
Tybee Lighthouse
Tybee Lighthouse
Tybee Lighthouse
Tybee Lighthouse
The Cockspur Island Light
The Cockspur Island Light
St. Simons Island Lighthouse
St. Simons Island Lighthouse
St. Simons Island Lighthouse
St. Simons Island Lighthouse
 Ponce de Leon Inlet Light
Ponce de Leon Inlet Light
 Ponce de Leon Inlet Light
Ponce de Leon Inlet Light
The Amelia Island Light
The Amelia Island Light
St. Johns River Light
St. Johns River Light
St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine Lighthouse
Point Pinos Lighthouse
Point Pinos Lighthouse
Pigeon Point 2012
Pigeon Point 2012
Point Sur Lighthouse
Point Sur Lighthouse
Doubling Point, Me
Doubling Point, Me
Portland Head
Portland Head
Fort Point Lighthouse
Fort Point Lighthouse
Pemaquid Point Light Station
Pemaquid Point Light Station
Nubble Light
Nubble Light
Nubble Light
Nubble Light
Portland Head
Portland Head
Portland Head
Portland Head
Point Reyes 2012
Point Reyes 2012
Pigeon Point 2012
Pigeon Point 2012
Pigeon Point 2012
Pigeon Point 2012
Pigeon Point 2011
Pigeon Point 2011
Yaquina Head
Yaquina Head
Coquille River Lighthouse
Coquille River Lighthouse
Coquille River Lighthouse
Coquille River Lighthouse
Coquille River Lighthouse
Coquille River Lighthouse
Pigeon Point 2011
Pigeon Point 2011
Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse
Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse
Walton Lighthouse
Walton Lighthouse
Walton Lighthouse
Walton Lighthouse
Walton Lighthouse
Walton Lighthouse
Walton Lighthouse
Walton Lighthouse
Cape Meares
Cape Meares
Cape Meares
Cape Meares
Cape Meares
Cape Meares
Yaquina Head , Oregon
Yaquina Head , Oregon
Yaquina Head , Oregon
Yaquina Head , Oregon
Yaquina Head
Yaquina Head
Yaquina Head
Yaquina Head
Yaquina Head
Yaquina Head
Yaquina Head
Yaquina Head
Yaquina Head
Yaquina Head
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
Cleft of the Rock (Cape Perpetua), OR
Cleft of the Rock (Cape Perpetua), OR
Heceta Head
Heceta Head
Heceta Head
Heceta Head
Heceta Head
Heceta Head
Heceta Head
Heceta Head
Umpqua River Lighthouse . Oregon
Umpqua River Lighthouse . Oregon
Umpqua River Lighthouse . Oregon
Umpqua River Lighthouse . Oregon
Umpqua River Lighthouse . Oregon
Umpqua River Lighthouse . Oregon
Umpqua River Lighthouse . Oregon
Umpqua River Lighthouse . Oregon
Umpqua River Lighthouse . Oregon
Umpqua River Lighthouse . Oregon
Cape Arago, Oregon
Cape Arago, Oregon
Cape Arago
Cape Arago
Cape Arago
Cape Arago
Cape Arago
Cape Arago
Cape Arago, Oregon
Cape Arago, Oregon
Coquille River Lighthouse
Coquille River Lighthouse
Coquille River Lighthouse
Coquille River Lighthouse
Coquille River Lighthouse
Coquille River Lighthouse
Coquille River Lighthouse
Coquille River Lighthouse
Coquille River Lighthouse
Coquille River Lighthouse
Cape Blanco Oregon
Cape Blanco Oregon
Cape Blanco
Cape Blanco
Cape Blanco
Cape Blanco
West Point Lighthouse
West Point Lighthouse
West Point Lighthouse
West Point Lighthouse
West Point Lighthouse
West Point Lighthouse
Point Wilson Lighthouse
Point Wilson Lighthouse
Point Wilson Lighthouse
Point Wilson Lighthouse
Point Wilson Lighthouse
Point Wilson Lighthouse
Grays Harbor (Westport, Wa)
Grays Harbor (Westport, Wa)
Grays Harbor (Westport, Wa)
Grays Harbor (Westport, Wa)
North Head Lighthouse
North Head Lighthouse
North Head Lighthouse
North Head Lighthouse
North Head Lighthouse
North Head Lighthouse
North Head Lighthouse Quarters
North Head Lighthouse Quarters
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
Yerba Buena Lighthouse
Yerba Buena Lighthouse
Pigeon Point  2009
Pigeon Point 2009
Pigeon Point  2009
Pigeon Point 2009
Pigeon Point  2009
Pigeon Point 2009
Pigeon Point  2009
Pigeon Point 2009
Pigeon Point  2009
Pigeon Point 2009
Pigeon Point  2009
Pigeon Point 2009
Pigeon Point  2009
Pigeon Point 2009
Pigeon Point  2009
Pigeon Point 2009
Point Montara 2009
Point Montara 2009
Point Montara 2009
Point Montara 2009
Point Montara 2009
Point Montara 2009
Point Montara 2009
Point Montara 2009
Point Montara 2009
Point Montara 2009
Point Montara 2009
Point Montara 2009
Point Arena 2009
Point Arena 2009
Point Arena 2009
Point Arena 2009
Point Arena 2009
Point Arena 2009
Point Arena 2009
Point Arena 2009
Point Arena 2009
Point Arena 2009
Point Arena 2009
Point Arena 2009
Point Arena 2009
Point Arena 2009
Point Arena 2003
Point Arena 2003
Point Arena 2004
Point Arena 2004
Point Arena 2004
Point Arena 2004
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Point Cabrillo 2009
Pt. Cabrillo
Pt. Cabrillo
Pt. Cabrillo
Pt. Cabrillo
Pt. Cabrillo
Pt. Cabrillo
Pt. Cabrillo
Pt. Cabrillo
Pt. Cabrillo
Pt. Cabrillo
St. Joseph North Pier Inner Lighthouse
St. Joseph North Pier Inner Lighthouse
Grand Haven Lighthouse
Grand Haven Lighthouse
Grand Haven Lighthouse
Grand Haven Lighthouse
South Haven Lighthouse
South Haven Lighthouse
Grand Haven Lighthouse
Grand Haven Lighthouse
Holland Lighthouse
Holland Lighthouse
White River Lighthouse
White River Lighthouse
Trinidad Head
Trinidad Head
Pt. Pinos
Pt. Pinos
Pt. Sur
Pt. Sur
Pt. Reyes
Pt. Reyes
East Brothers Lighthouse
East Brothers Lighthouse
Point Bonita
Point Bonita
Point Bonita
Point Bonita
Heceta Head
Heceta Head
Heceta Head
Heceta Head
Heceta Head
Heceta Head
Point Montara
Point Montara
Pigeon Point
Pigeon Point
Pigeon Point
Pigeon Point
Pigeon Point
Pigeon Point
Pigeon Point
Pigeon Point