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Lighthouses in Oregon


The Lightship Columbia

A navigational beacon was badly needed off the mouth of the Columbia River, but there was no convenient island or rock to place one on. So this lightship was permanently anchored in those stormy waters. Eventually it was replaced with a buoy and the lightship was retired to the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria.

Official site: Lightship Columbia WLV-604, OR (Lighthouse Friends)

Wikipedia article: United States lightship Columbia (WLV-604)

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The lighthouse Columbia is one of the historical displays at the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

Astoria, Oregon

June 22, 2002
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Astoria's Historic Waterfront
Astoria
Fort Clatsop

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse was built, with great peril and expense, on a reef off the northern Oregon coast. It was a hardship post for the keepers and suppliers, who called it "Terrible Tillie". After being replaced by a coast guard buoy in 1957, it was sold and eventually in 1980 became the Eternity by the Sea Columbarium - housing urns containg human ashes. The business was a failure and the status of the light is in limbo.

Official site: Tillamook Rock, OR (Lighthouse Friends)

Wikipedia article: Tillamook Rock Light


Cape Meares Lighthouse

The abrupt cliffs of Cape Meares are one of the most prominent points on the northern Oregon coast. In addition to the picturesque lighthouse it is a notable site for watching pelagic birds such as puffins and murres.

Official site: Cape Meares, OR (Lighthouse Friends)

Wikipedia article: Cape Meares Light

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Although the Cape Meares Light tower is only 38 feet tall, it stands atop a mighty cliff, 223 feet above the ocean. The tower is made of iron-clad brick and the lantern houses a first order Fresnel lens.

Cape Meares on the Three Capes Scenic Drive, Oregon

August 6, 2014
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Cape Meares
Three Capes Scenic Loop

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

This is a classic lightouse, tall, slender and white, rising at the tip of a narrow surf-lashed peninsula. The only thing I don't like about it is the stiff entrance fee that the BLM charges - just to go look at the scenery.

Official site: Yaquina Head, OR (Lighthouse Friends)

Wikipedia article: Yaquina Head Light

 thumbnail - North from the base of Yaquina Head Lighthouse

North from the base of Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, north of Newport, Oregon

August 14, 2008
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Yaquina Head
Cape Foulweather on Otter Crest

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse at Newport

Compared to dramatic Yaquina Head Light the lighthouse at the entrance to Yaquina Bay seems pretty tame. It is one of those where a small tower with lantern is perched on top of the ligthouse keeper's house.

Official site: Yaquina Bay, OR (Lighthouse Friends)

Wikipedia article: Yaquina Bay Light

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Restored Yaquina Bay Lighthhouse at the entrance to Yaquina Bay and the harbor of Newport.

, Oregon

June 15, 2006
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Newport

Cleft of the Rock Lightouse

A "private aid to navigation", Cleft of the Rock was built in 1976 by maritime expert Jim Gibbs.

Official site: Cleft of the Rock (Cape Perpetua), OR (Lighthosue Friends)


Heceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Light is probably the most photographed place along the Oregon coast. The white light tower and nearby keeper's house stand on a lush green point next to a beach. The coast highway here crosses Cape Creek on an arch bridge then plunges into a tunnel, emerging on high cliffs with breathtaking views back to the point and its lightouse.

Official site: Heceta Head, OR (Lighthouse Friends)

Wikipedia article: Heceta Head Light

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Heceta Head Lighthouse

, Oregon

June 15, 2006
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Heceta Head
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

Umpqua River Lighthouse

The Umpqua River contains two ports, Winchester Bay near the mouth and Reedsport a few miles upstream. The small lighthouse stands well back from the actual coast, at the top of a long slope of sand dunes.

Official site: Umpqua River, OR (Lighthouse Friends)

Wikipedia article: Umpqua River Light

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The Umpqua River Lighthouse

, Oregon

June 15, 2006
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Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Cape Arago Lighthouse

Official site: Cape Arago, OR (Lighthouse Friends)

Wikipedia article: Cape Arago LIght


Coquille River Lighthouse

This small lighthouse stands right on the bank of the Coquille River near its mouth, indicating the location of the port of Bandon. It was abandoned for 37 years before being restored in 1976.

Official site: Coquille River (Bandon), OR (Lighthouse Friends)

Wikipedia article: Coquille River Light

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near Bandon, Oregon

August 13, 2008
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Mouth of the Coquille River
Bandon

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

It is commonly said that Cape Blanco is the westernmost point on the Pacific Coast - but it isn't, that distinction belongs to Cape Alava in Washington. But it is a wild and dramatic location, the westernmost in Oregon. The lighthouse is a classic white tower with a first-order Fresnel lens.

Official site: Cape Blanco, OR (Lighthosue Friends)

Wikipedia article: Cape Blanco Light

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At the foot of the lighthouse at Cape Blanco

, Oregon

June 16, 2006
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Cape Blanco Lighthouse
Port Orford Heads

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