Charting the Course: Ohio River test bed explores future of navigation

Billions of barrels of oil, tons of cargo and bushels of crops travel on America’s rivers every year on the way to local gas stations, shopping malls and grocery stores. The prosperity of the American Heartland pumps through the vital economic arteries of the Ohio, Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Now, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are pioneering the future of navigation in Louisville, Kentucky. The test bed area covers most of the Ohio River and part of the Mississippi River.

Legacy of Light: Boston Light marks 300th anniversary

When the Boston Lighthouse was first lit 300 years ago today, sailors called on New England ports in wooden ships, pirates roamed the Atlantic Coast and the 13 colonies were under the British crown. Today the light still guides mariners safely home and helps keep America’s economy on course.

Legacy of Light: Five Finger Islands Lighthouse guides mariners around last frontier

Built in 1902 by the U.S. Lighthouse Service, which became part of the Coast Guard in 1939, the Five Finger Islands Light once guided prospectors into southeast Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush and still welcomes mariners, tourists and scientists today.

Point Loma Lighthouse

Legacy of Light: Point Loma Light guides American forces home

First lit in 1855, the Point Loma Lighthouse helped to guide the rise of San Diego from a sleepy fishing village to a bustling military port. U.S. Coast Guard aids to navigation, like the Point Loma Lighthouse, have helped to enable San Diego’s meteoric rise.