(March 30, 1894)
after the Spanish Explorer Don Bruno de Heceta, the Heceta
Head Lighthouse towers 205 feet above the Pacific Ocean.
This lighthouse is one of our favorites because of the amazing
view of the ocean. This site was purchased in 1889, and
five years later on March 30, 1894, the light was lit by
Andrew Hald, Heceta Head's first principal keeper.
Unlike a number of the other lighthouses on the Oregon coast,
Heceta Head Lighthouse doesn't offer stories of life and
death. Several families had the opportunity to call
Heceta Head their home. The children all attended school
together in a single-room, as travel around
Head was somewhat minimal due to its remote location.
However, this all changed soon after the highway was completed
and Yachats in
1932. Nearby, there is a bridge over Cape Creek and a
tunnel that makes its way through the hillside. A couple
years later, electricity finally arrived at the lighthouse and
the lamp was replaced with a bulb.
Probably the most excitement for Heceta Head was during World
War II, when the Coast Guard sent 75 men to this station to
word against prospective Japanese attacks. Besides that,
there really isn't much to tell. Don't let that stop you
from visiting this icon of Oregon's past. This structure
has been renovated and offers an enjoyable afternoon high
above the sea.
Heceta Head Lighthouse is above the Lion Caves - 12 miles
north of Florence
off Highway 101. Look for the road to Devil's Elbow
State Park around milepost 178. You will have about a
half mile walk up a hill from the park. There is a $3
Visit our Picture Gallery of the Heceta Head Lighthouse!
* Nelson, Sharlene & Ted.
Umbrella Guide to Oregon Lighthouses.
Epicenter Press Inc. 1994.
All rights reserved by NWcoast.com LLC