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Southern Oregon Coast - Coquille River Lighthouse

January 12, 2009

Categories: Bandon | Oregon Coast Lighthouses

Photo by AZ Photo Guy 

Updated 11/02/2021 ~

Our lighthouse tour for the Oregon Coast has included Tillamook Head, Cape Meares, Yaquina Head and Yaquina Bay, Heceta Head, Umpqua River and Cape Arago lighthouses. Let's head to Bandon Oregon to visit Coquille River Lighthouse...

Beautiful "Bandon by the Sea" offers many fine places to stay, including beach front vacation rentals with amazing views and some of the finest golf in the world to enjoy during your visit! The lighthouse is in Bullards Beach State Park just 2 miles north of Bandon, a family-oriented park with yurts and equestrian camping too!

The historic Coquille River Lighthouse construction began in 1891 on the short 40 ft. lighthouse tower that would house the Fourth Order lens. Due to many delays in construction, it was finally lit on February 29, 1896, and operated for just 43 years. In 1939, it was abandoned, and its duties replaced with an automated beacon.

Over the years it has survived nearly being hit by the schooner Advance, after it ran aground and was one of only 16 building left after a forest fire had destroyed most of the town. After many years of neglect the lighthouse was renovated in 1976 by the US Army Corps and the Oregon State Parks department. In honor of the Centennial Celebration, a new light was lit in the tower in 1991. The revival of the lighthouse paralleled the revival of Bandon, which is now a popular seaside destination town.

Next stop... the lighthouse at Cape Blanco.

~ Thanks & have fun AT THE BEACH!

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