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Yaquina Head Lighthouse
(August 20, 1873)

Yaquina Head LighthouseYaquina Head Lighthouse is one of the most popular lighthouses in the United States.  There are hundreds of thousands of guests that visit every year.  The tower is the tallest on the Oregon Coast - soaring 93 feet in the air.  This lighthouse is the only Oregon Lighthouse with a marble floor.  It stands 162 feet above sea level, and can be seen from ocean vessels as far away as 19 miles.  I was told this by one of the kind volunteers at this lighthouse.  He added that it can be seen "no further, thanks to the curvature of the earth."

There has been much talk in the past that this lighthouse was supposed to have originally been constructed on Otter Crest (ten miles north of Newport).  However, this rumor was found to be a misconception.  

Yaquina Head Lighthouse During construction, two different boats met their doom on Yaquina Head's shores trying to deliver supplies.  After much labor, the lighthouse was lit on August 20, 1873.  There was a large dwelling built for the three keepers that manned this lighthouse station.  Because of this lighthouses proximity on the coast, there were a number of storms and high winds that caused surface damage to the tower and the keeper's dwellings.  Fences were built to ward off rocks and other debris from destroying the property.  However, this didn't stop the tower from being struck by lightning in October of 1920.  Luckily, through the years, the lightening and severe storms haven't really hurt this lighthouse.  In fact, to this very day the structure of the lighthouse is within one inch of being perfectly straight.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse If you would like a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding area, be prepared to walk circles up a number of lighthouse stairs!  Also, it is worth the time to talk with the volunteers at this lighthouse; they are all very nice and have a number of interesting stories and facts to offer.  At the top of this lighthouse you will get a good view of the lens that magnifies a blinking 1000 watt light bulb.  You can sneak a peak at Yaquina Head's lens at the bottom of this page. 

Yaquina Head LighthouseThis is a very popular tourist area.  Yaquina Head Lighthouse is part of the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.  Make sure to visit the Interpretive Center and bring your camera because you will be taking a lot of pictures.  There is a $7 fee for a 3-day pass.

* Yaquina Head Lighthouse volunteers

* Nelson, Sharlene & Ted.  Umbrella Guide to Oregon Lighthouses.  
Epicenter Press Inc.  1994.

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