Of the nine original lighthouses on the Oregon coast, seven are open to the public and most are still active working lighthouses. The lighthouses are, starting...
Of the nine original lighthouses on the Oregon coast, seven are open to the public and most are still active working lighthouses. The lighthouses are, starting from the north, Tillamook Rock, a mile offshore of Tillamook Head near Cannon Beach (one of the two not open to the public) and Cape Meares west of Tillamook. On the central coast are two near Newport, Yaquina Head and Yaquina Bay lighthouses, and Heceta Head near Florence and Umpqua River near Winchester Bay.
On the south coast is Cape Arago not far from Charleston (it’s the other lighthouse not open to the public); Coquille River near Bandon; and Cape Blanco near the town of Port Orford.
There also are two privately built lighthouses, both of which are certified by the U.S. Coast Guard as official private aides to navigation. They are Cleft of the Rock at Cape Perpetua near Yachats and Pelican Bay near the harbor at Brookings.
For lighthouse lovers, here’s a quiz (answers at the bottom):
1) Which is the oldest lighthouse still standing? Hint: It’s also the most westerly on the Oregon Coast.
2) Which is the tallest lighthouse at 93 feet? Hint: It’s close to a town that has more than one lighthouse nearby.
3) Which is the shortest lighthouse? Hint: It’s located on the Three Capes Scenic Loop.
4) Which entailed the most hazardous duty? Hint: Think waves.
5) Which was built with living quarters within the same structure as the lighthouse? Hint: It’s made of wood and resembles a house.
6) Which is the most photographed lighthouse on the Pacific Coast? Hint: It’s located near Sea Lion Caves.
7) Which has a large, first-order lens that emits a red and white flash? Hint: It’s located next to its namesake state park.
8) Which is the most difficult to find? Hint: Think three state parks on a dead-end road.
9) Which had the shortest duration of active duty as a lighthouse? Hint: Another lighthouse was built only 4 miles away.
10) Which lighthouse has a distinctive octagonal shape, as well as a cylindrical tower? Hint: It’s part of a state park, but the nearby town claims it, too.
Answers : 1) Cape Blanco; 2) Yaquina Head; 3) Cape Meares; 4) Tillamook Rock; 5) Yaquina Bay; 6) Heceta Head; 7) Umpqua River; 8) Cape Arago; 9) Yaquina Bay; 10) Coquille River (Bandon Light).
Source: Oregon Coast Visitors Association