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Oregon Coast LighthousesOregon’s surviving coastal lighthouses are visible, accessible links to the past and are monuments to Oregon’s maritime heritage.

Although unoccupied by resident light keepers since the arrival of modern technology, some of the unique, classic lighthouse structures remain as much a part of Oregon’s rugged coastal landscape as any land form or offshore monolith.

Read A Comprehensive Guide to Oregon Coast Lighthouses - including map & photos

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Oregon’s Sentinels

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Oregon’s surviving coastal lighthouses are visible, accessible links to the past and are monuments to Oregon’s maritime heritage.

Although unoccupied by resident light keepers since the arrival of modern technology, some of the unique, classic lighthouse structures remain as much a part of Oregon’s rugged coastal landscape as any land form or offshore monolith.

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The Gray Lady at Heceta Head Lighthouse: An Oregon Coast Ghost Story
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Lighthouse_oldThere is an Oregon Coast Ghost Story about Heceta Head and the Gray Lady.

Named for the Spanish sailor Don Bruno Heceta who discovered the location in 1755, the Heceta Head Lighthouse sits in a beautiful location on the coast of Oregon just north of Florence and is said to be the most photographed lighthouse in the United States.

Heceta Head Lighthouse serves as both a navigational aid to mariners and a popular tourist spot offering a 549-acre park of trails, viewpoints, tide pools, wildlife habitat and sandy beach formerly known as Devil's Elbow State Park. The area has since been renamed Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint known and includes the cove south of the lighthouse and the lighthouse itself.

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Tillamook Rock Lighthouse is haunted: An Oregon Coast Ghost Story
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On the Northern Oregon Coast, one mile west of Tillamook Head, a rock rises from the ocean. Local Indian Legends tell of ocean tunnels that are inhabited by spirits allowing them to come to the surface on this imposing rock where sheer cliffs drop straight into the sea to depths of 96 to 240 feet.TillamookRockand_Light_1891-2

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Umpqua River Lighthouse Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow?
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The U.S. Coast Guard, the owner of the Umpqua River Lighthouse, is evaluating whether the light is still needed for navigation. If not, the two-ton first-order lens and its 616 colored and clear glass panels that were cut by hand in Paris could be removed and placed in a museum.

lense-Umpqua_River_LightBy Lori Newman for the Umpqua Post,  August 18, 2010

While many are worried that the U.S. Coast Guard will decide to remove the handcrafted Fresnel lens from Winchester Bay's lighthouse, Friends of Umpqua River Light is going ahead with plans to host a 116th birthday bash for the lighthouse and its famous red and white lens next month.

The event is shaping up to be a major celebration of the lighthouse's 153-year history, and a special recognition of the first-order Fresnel lens that was commissioned into service on New Year's Eve, 1894.

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Oregon Coast History in Beautiful Port Orford
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If you like history the Southern Oregon Coast has a lot to offer. You must stop in Port Orford and visit Historic Landmarks; Patrick Hughes House, Cape Blanco Lighthouse and the Port Orford Lifeboat Station.

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Ghosts of the Oregon Coast
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LighthouseThe Oregon Coast is both Muse and Siren. The blue-green waters of the Pacific have been the bane of many a sailor with its rogue waves, strong tides, hidden reefs and gale-force winds. As storms pound and shape the coastline, salvation is oft found in a solitary light, a beacon of hope shooting through the darkness. The lighthouses of the Oregon Coast have a long and storied history of saving sailors. They are also filled with otherworldly lore, stories of wrecked ships and lost souls. Many are said to be haunted - which made me want to visit them even more.

I pack the bags of the 2009 Yamaha FJR1300 while entertaining visions of encountering the “Lady in Gray” at Heceta Head Lighthouse...

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Oregon Coast Lighthouses featured on MSN Coastal Living
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Oregon Coast LighthousesCoastal Living is Shining a spotlight on some of the loveliest lighthouses from coast to coast.

Illuminating the scene: The automated beacon on Heceta Head’s 56-foot tower casts the strongest light on this stretch of coastline. For optimal views of this stunning sight, drive south from Yachats at dusk, head toward the mouth of Cape Creek, then just follow the glow. (#7)

Leading the way: Yaquina Head ranks high among destinations for understanding how a lighthouse works, and accessible walkways and exhibits draw throngs of visitors to this spot on the shore. Visitors can climb 93 feet to the lantern and watch the 1,000-watt electric bulb switch on and off. (#11)

A different perspective: The Umpqua River Light stands on a hill 165 feet above sea level at Winchester Bay. The 61-foot tower has a unique Fresnel lens that casts red and white lights out to sea. (#14)

Small wonder: Capes Meares Lighthouse is Oregon’s shortest at just 38 feet tall. But the small landmark provides big whale-watching views during the great Pacific Ocean migration. (#23)

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