I am always in awe when I visit a lighthouse. This weekend I saw two lighthouses that used to warn vessels about upcoming rocks and hazards of the shoreline.

cape arago, public domaine

Cape Arago in 1866~image from Wiki

Cape Arago lighthouse was a the beacon for Coos Bay. It was on an island where it was exposed to many of the Pacific Ocean’s elements and was in constant state or repair. It was decommissioned January 1, 2006 and is not open for public access. I was able to get a few pictures from different stopping points along the beach.






zoomed in from view point at Sunset Bay


Later view with fog rolling in

Next lighthouse was the Bandon Lighthouse which was just a dinky lighthouse on a spit available for public access. Originally known as Bandon Light it is now the Coquille Lighthouse commissioned in 1896, it guided mariners past the dangerous shifting sandbars of the Coquille river.


sign at the lighthouse


lighthouse available for tours





I remember when my daughter was in 5th grade she had to do a project on all the Oregon lighthouses, with a map and history on each one for display. It was a fun project.

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4 Responses to LIGHTING THE WAY

  1. Happy Bare says:

    I love the history and romance of heritage buildings. Heritage building define and ground us.

  2. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    I have always been fascinated with lighthouses and have been to the top of one when I could climb 300 steps without oxygen! I have also visited a converted one which had custom made furniture with the living room on the top floor – thankfully not a huge climb just a couple of floors. The views were magnificent.


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