Sunday, December 13, 2015

Saipan Lighthouse Loses Its Top

One of the first things I heard when I got back home yesterday was that Typhoon Soudelor had blown the top off the top of the Saipan Lighthouse.  I went to check it out during my first full day and there it was sitting on the ground.  The original top was made of bronze, but that has long since been gone.  I thought the new top was made of concrete.  Apparently it was made of fiberglass.  I'm actually surprised it lasted as long as it did.

The lighthouse is still sad and decrepit looking.  Every time it gets cleaned up, within weeks it is covered in graffiti and litter again.  It looks particularly rough right now.  The structure also seems to be really falling to pieces now.  It should probably be knocked down...

But until that day comes the lighthouse provides some spectacular views on clear days.  With the treeline destroyed from the typhoon, the view is better than it has been in 40 years.

It's been four months since the big typhoon and the damage to the trees is intense.  American Memorial National Park looks like it has been bulldozed.

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