The Owl's Head Lighthouse stands on a rocky prominence on the western shore of Penobscot Bay. It was built in 1825 when commercial shipping was increasing in the area predominantly due to lime exports from local quarries and kilns. $4,000 was appropriated by the US Congress at the time to purchase the land and to build the light station.
The actual light house is 30 feet high with the height of the focal plane at 100 feet. The light was electrified in 1925, replacing kerosene and before that whale oil as an energy source for the light. Operations were automated in 1989.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.