(November 1, 1866)
picture to the right is taken from Sunset Bay State Park,
south of the Cape Arago Lighthouse. This Oregon
lighthouse is one of the few that you can't get an up-close
look at. As you will see by the picture below, the
entrance to Cape Arago is guarded by a fence that is
controlled by the Coast Guard. So, if you plan to visit
Cape Arago, bring your binoculars and a high powered camera.
Arago's tower is 44 feet high, and was illuminated in 1934.
However, there were two other lighthouses built earlier on
Cape Arago. The first tower was lit on November 1, 1866,
and was Oregon's second lighthouse in operation. This
lighthouse was a 25 foot octagonal tower supported by iron
stilts. Then, on July 1, 1909, a second lighthouse was
completed and began to operate. This house was 25 feet
higher and included a siren fog-signal. Today, only the
third lighthouse remains and sadly it is not available to the
public. Hopefully, in the future, this will change.
There are a number of lighthouse enthusiasts that would love
to visit Cape Arago.
If you would like a glimpse of the Cape Arago Lighthouse,
follow Cape Arago Highway out of North Bend, or McLain Libby
Drive out of Coos Bay, towards Charleston. From
Charleston, look for signs pointing to Sunset Bay State Park.
This is definitely the most difficult lighthouse to find on
the Oregon coast as there are only a couple good spots to view
the Cape Arago's lighthouse.
* Nelson, Sharlene & Ted. Umbrella Guide to
Epicenter Press Inc. 1994.
Top right and bottom picture by Joe Klune
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