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OREGON LIGHTHOUSES IN BRIEF

 

1857 UMPQUA RIVER LIGHTHOUSE

bulletSouth of Winchester Bay in Umpqua Lighthouse State Park
bulletFirst lighthouse on the Oregon coast
bulletToppled in 1861 when the sand dune foundation was undermined
bulletAfter 37 years was rebuilt with the foundation laid far back of the river entrance (1894)
bullet65 foot tower, 165 feet above sea level
bulletStill operational today

 

1866 CAPE ARAGO LIGHTHOUSE

bulletSouth of Coos Bay and North Bend, 2.5 miles north of Cape Arago adjacent to Sunset Bay State Park
bulletOn Gregory Point’s Lighthouse Island connected to the mainland by a narrow footbridge
bulletDue to erosion , it was rebuilt two more times in 1908 and 1934
bulletPart of the coast that is second in number of shipwrecks
bullet44 foot tower, 100 feet above sea level
bulletStill operational today

 

1870 CAPE BLANCO LIGHTHOUSE

bulletNorthwest of Port Orford in Cape Blanco State Park
bulletMost westerly, highest and oldest continually operating of all the lighthouses in Oregon
bullet59 foot tower, 245 feet above sea level
bulletStill operational today

 

1871 YAQUINA BAY LIGHTHOUSE

bulletNorth of Yaquina Bay Bridge at Newport in Yaquina Bay State Park
bulletOldest frame lighthouse in Oregon
bulletOnly remaining lighthouse in Oregon with a combined keeper’s dwelling and light tower
bulletDeactivated in 1874: shortest period of active duty in Oregon; it could not be seen from the north
bulletAuthentic period furnishings reflecting the wickies (lightkeepers)
bulletOpen during the summer months to the public

 

1873 YAQUINA HEAD LIGHTHOUSE

bulletNorth of Newport, west of Agate Beach
bulletSecond oldest continually operating lighthouse in Oregon
bulletWas supposed to be built on Cape Foulweather, just south of Depoe Bay
bullet93 foot tower, 162 feet above sea level
bulletStill operational today

 

1881 TILLAMOOK LIGHTHOUSE

bulletSouth of Seaside on a small outcropping of rock jutting out of the ocean
bulletNicknamed Terrible Tillie as it was one of the most wind-swept stations
bulletWas rebuilt in 1934 due to storms
bulletOperated until 1957
bulletWas purchased privately and is now a mausoleum
bulletIs visible from Seaside, Cannon Beach and those trails along the headlands at Ecola State Park

 

1890 CAPE MEARES LIGHTHOUSE

bulletSouth of the entrance to Tillamook Bay in Cape Meares State Park
bullet40 foot tower, 217 feet above sea level
bulletWas supposed to be built on Cape Lookout 10 miles south
bulletCan tour rotunda and climb the stairs to the lantern room

 

1894 HECETA HEAD LIGHTHOUSE

bullet11 miles north of Florence accessible from Devil’s Elbow State Park
bulletBoasts of the most powerful beacon
bullet56 foot tower, 205 feet above sea level
bulletOne of the most photographed
bulletStill operational today
bulletCan hike to the lighthouse
bulletKeepers house is a bed and breakfast

 

1896 COQUILLE RIVER LIGHTHOUSE

bulletJust north of Bandon in Bullard’s Beach State Park
bulletAlso known as Bandon Lighthouse
bulletHas distinction of almost being hit by two different ships
bulletDecommissioned in 1939
bullet40 foot tower
bulletOpen to the public; tower is closed