Further Reading

Ehlers, Chad, and Gibbs, James A. Sentinels of Solitude: West Coast Lighthouses. Portland, Oregon: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co., 1981. Color photos with a short history of each lighthouse.
Gibbs, James A. Sentinels of the North Pacific. Portland, Oregon: Binford & Mort, 1955.
Gibbs, James A. West Coast Lighthouses. Seattle: Superior Publishing Co., 1974. Short histories of each lighthouse with many photos.
Gibbs, James A. Tillamook Light. Portland, Oregon: Binford & Mort, 1979.
Holland, Francis Ross, Jr. America's Lighthouses: Their Illustrated History Since 1716. Brattleboro, Vermont: The Stephen Greene Press, 1972. A summary of U.S. lighthouses and lighthouse administration.
Holland, Francis Ross, Jr. The Old Point Loma Lighthouse, San Diego. San Diego, California: Cabrillo Historical Association, 1978. A detailed, authoritative history of this famous beacon.
Nordhoff, Charles, and Kobbe, Gustav. The Light-houses of the United States in 1874. Golden, Colorado: Outbooks, 1981. A collection of four articles reprinted from nineteenth century magazines with many illustrations from that period.
Perry, Frank. Lighthouse Point: Reflections on Monterey Bay History. Soquel, California: GBH Publishing, 1982. History of the lighthouse at Santa Cruz, California.
Putnam, George R. "Beacons of the Sea," National Geographic Magazine, January 1913, pp. 1-53. Putnam headed the Bureau of Lighthouses from 1910 to 1935.
Putnam, George R. Lighthouses and Lightships of the United States. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1917.
Putnam, George R. "New Safeguards for Ships in Fog and Storm," National Geographic Magazine, August 1936, pp. 169-200.
Shanks, Ralph C., Jr., and Shanks, Janetta Thompson. Lighthouses and Lifeboats on the Redwood Coast. San Anselmo, California: Costaño Books, 1978.
Shanks, Ralph C., Jr., and Shanks, Janetta Thompson. Lighthouse of San Francisco Bay. San Anselmo, California: Costaño Books, 1976. Short histories of East Brother's neighboring beacons.
Shattuck, Clifford. The Nubble: Cape Neddick Lightstation, York, Maine. Freeport, Maine: The Cumberland Press, 1979.
Snow, Edward Rowe. The Lighthouses of New England, 1716-1973. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1973. Entertaining lighthouse stories by a noted maritime historian and writer.
Stick, David. North Carolina Lighthouses. Raleigh: North Caroline Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 1980.
Strobridge, Truman R. Chronology of Aids to Navigation and the Old Lighthouse Service 1716-1939. Washington, D.C.: Public Affairs Division, United States Coast Guard, 1974.
United States Coast Guard. Historically Famous Lighthouses. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1972. Brief histories of fifty-five U.S. lighthouses.

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