Yaquina Lighthouse II

joancarroll

Fort Worth, United States

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Seen from land, Yaquina Head Lighthouse sits across a field of grasses and wildflowers in Lincoln County, near the mouth of the Yaquina River near Newport, Oregon. At the time it was built, the area was a wilderness and you can almost imagine it from this viewpoint! The tower stands 93 feet (28 m) tall, and is the tallest lighthouse in Oregon. The light has been active since Head Keeper Fayette Crosby walked up the 114 steps, to light the wicks on the evening of August 20, 1873. 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 1000 watt globe. The light shines 162 feet above the ocean and can be seen nineteen miles out to sea. In 1993, the Coast Guard turned the station over to Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Just south of the lighthouse are amazing tide pools where seaweeds, sea stars, hermit crabs, purple urchins, and anemones can be seen. The lighthouse is still quite popular, receiving over 400,000 visitors a year. It is only open to the public during daylight hours.

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