Oregon Coast Lighthouses
Information about the Oregon Coast Lighthouses
There are eleven lighthouses on the Oregon Coast and
nine of them are on the National Register of Historic Places.|
The Oregon Coast Visitors Guide recommends the lighthouses
highly. They have a lot of history attached to them, and
every single one is unique and special in its own way.
The stories about how they were built, what they became after they were
decommissioned, what life was like for the light keepers, and
so many more interesting topics associated with the Oregon
Coast lighthouses, make them very fascinating.
The lighthouses have incredible views of the ocean and surrounding
coast for obvious reasons. Many of them are also located
next to some of Oregon's premier wildlife viewing areas.
Visit some of these lighthouses and get up-close looks
at birds nesting, whales out in the ocean, and some of
Oregon's most beautiful scenery.
Explore the lighthouses on these pages and then go visit
them all. It will be a great experience.
Oregon Coast Lighthouses App|
Use this interactive app to learn where the nine Oregon Coast Lighthouses are located on a map and click on any
annotation on the map to learn more about that particular lighthouse. (iPad and iPhone IOS App)
Lighthouses and Life-Saving on the Oregon Coast
The Oregon Coast has been the site of shipwrecks even before Lewis and Clark’s arrival in 1805. Even as the population grew, the federal government
let the Oregon Coast go unguarded by lighthouses and lifesavers for decades. Economic and political pressures finally forced the government to build
the first Oregon lighthouse in 1857 at the Umpqua River.
The LifeSaving Service followed in 1878 with a station at the mouth of Coos Bay. Eventually,
most of the harbor entrances and headlands were protected by both the Lighthouse Service and the LifeSaving Service, the precursor to today’s Coast Guard.
Lighthouses and Lifesaving on the Oregon Coast commemorates the true heroes who served to warn, protect, and rescue those who went to sea.
Why are lighthouses so tall?
Lighthouses must be tall in order for the light to be seen around the curvature of
the Earth. If the Earth were flat, rather than round, then lighthouses could be shorter.
Lighthouses open to public
The are seven lighthouses along the Oregon Coast that are open to the public. They are
Cape Blanco (Port Orford),
Cape Meares (Tillamook),
Coquille River (Bandon),
Heceta Head (Florence),
Umpqua River (Reedsport),
Yaquina Bay, and
Yaquina Head (Newport).
Oregon Coast Shipwrecks
The lighthouses did not succeed in saving all ships along the coast.
Check out Oregon Coast Shipwrecks