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Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Published on October 23, 2014

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Yaquina Head Lighthouse: The 93 foot tower has been active since 1873. It took approximately one year and over 370,000 bricks to construct Oregon’s tallest lighthouse. At that time, the oil burning fixed white light was displayed from sunset to sunrise. Today, the fully automated first order Fresnel lens runs on commercial power and flashes its unique pattern of 2 seconds on, 2 seconds off, 2 seconds on, 14 seconds off, 24 hours a day. The oil burning wicks have been replaced with a 1,000 watt globe that, according to the US Coast Guard (keepers of the aid to navigation), generates over 130,000 candlepower.

The nightly vigil of watching the light is gone as are the resident keepers and their quarters, but the staff of the Bureau of Land Management, who are now responsible for the tower, guide you through the lighthouse with tales of yesteryear.

Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is home of “Quarry Cove.” This former rock quarry was converted to a man-made system of living tide pools, and accessible to all by a series of concrete pathways. In 1997, an interpretive center was opened featuring exhibits related to many features of the area as well as an interpretive store.

For more information, click here: Yaquina Head Lighthouse

While visiting the lighthouses or historical sites, or while participating in events, activities, or simply enjoying recreation and entertainment, we invite you to experience premium lodging and service at our oceanfront Hallmark Resort in Newport.

Featured photo courtesy of Newport Chamber

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