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Oregon Tourism- Explore Light Houses at the Coast

Updated on March 17, 2016

Traveling The Oregon Coast

To accompany the georgous scenic views as you travel up Highway 101 along the Oregon Coast you will also encounter some of Oregon's richest and most well preserved history.

First put into use in the 1800's light houses served Oregon's shipping industry for decades. They were the only communication leading the way for captains of ships safely to port, marking hazardous coastline, and dangerous reefs.

The shipping industry relied heavily on lighthouses until the modern day electronic navigational systems served as a replacement.

They now serve curious tourists. Each holds its own unique story and history. Some are known to have ghosts from the past who still climb the cumbersome steps to the top each evening. Some are known for their unique arcithechure and endurance to stand the test of time.

Regardless of the story and rich history of each individual lighthouse along the Oregon coast. one thing is certain. These historic gems are very much one of the richest parts of history along the highway 101.

We Begin our tour in Tillamook and travel along the 101 stopping at each lighthouse along the way.

The map at the end lends directions in the event that you would like to take a trip to view this history in person.

So go ahead, jump right in, take a dive into Oregon's rich history. Just be careful, you may encounter a ghost or two. Don't worry, they won't hurt you, they are friendly ship watchers just doing their job.


Tllamook Rock

The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse bagan operation on January 21st, 1881
The Tillamook Rock Lighthouse bagan operation on January 21st, 1881 | Source

Cape Mearas

Located 10 miles North of Tillamook
Located 10 miles North of Tillamook | Source

Yaquina Head

The Yaquina Head lighthouse bagan operations on August 20, 1873
The Yaquina Head lighthouse bagan operations on August 20, 1873 | Source

Yaquina Bay

A few more miles up the road you will find the historic Yaquina Bay Lighthouse first put into use on  November 3, 1871
A few more miles up the road you will find the historic Yaquina Bay Lighthouse first put into use on November 3, 1871 | Source

Cleft of The Rock

Located in Lake Perpetua and built in 1976 as a replicala of the Fiddle Reef Lighthouse which began operation in 1898
Located in Lake Perpetua and built in 1976 as a replicala of the Fiddle Reef Lighthouse which began operation in 1898 | Source

Heceta Head

pronounced Ha-See-Ta this lighthouse was first put into operation in 1894
pronounced Ha-See-Ta this lighthouse was first put into operation in 1894 | Source

Umpqua River

At the mouth of Winchester Bay you will find the Umpqua River lighthouse. It was built using the same plans as the Heceta head lighthouse and was first put into operation in 1894
At the mouth of Winchester Bay you will find the Umpqua River lighthouse. It was built using the same plans as the Heceta head lighthouse and was first put into operation in 1894 | Source

Cape Arago

Located at Gregory Point in Charleston Oregon the Cape Argo lighthouse was built because of an economic boom in the shipping industry which led to the need for more light. It was first put into operation in 1934
Located at Gregory Point in Charleston Oregon the Cape Argo lighthouse was built because of an economic boom in the shipping industry which led to the need for more light. It was first put into operation in 1934 | Source

Coquille River

"Originally named Bandon Light, Coquille River Light was commissioned in 1895. First lit on February 29, 1896, the light guided mariners past the dangerous shifting sandbars."
"Originally named Bandon Light, Coquille River Light was commissioned in 1895. First lit on February 29, 1896, the light guided mariners past the dangerous shifting sandbars." | Source

Cape Blanco

In  1867 John D. and Mary West sold the United States a 47.3-acre  tract of land because it was determined that this stretch was dangerous and in need of a lighthouse.
In 1867 John D. and Mary West sold the United States a 47.3-acre tract of land because it was determined that this stretch was dangerous and in need of a lighthouse. | Source

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Cape Meares, OR 97141, USA
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Yaquina Head, Newport, OR 97365, USA
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Florence, OR 97439, USA
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Reedsport, OR 97467, USA
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Sunset Bay State Park, 89814 Cape Arago Highway, Coos Bay, OR 97420, USA
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Bullards Beach State Park, North, Bandon, OR 97411, USA
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Cape Blanco, Oregon 97476, USA
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