Heceta Head Lighthouse
Just north of Florence, Oregon
This is one of my favorite places to go on the coast!! Some of these photos were taken from INSIDE the lighthouse!! We LOVE the beach and I have LOTS of photos of my kids making sand castles, flying kites, running with our dogs, writing in the sand, exploring caves and having a picnic lunch!!. We have walked the trail many times and we even took our cockatoo... "Titus Too" along!! :)
TOP LEFT PHOTO... The lighthouse lens
TOP RIGHT PHOTO... View of the beach and Highway 101 Bridge from inside the lighthouse
BOTTOM LEFT PHOTO... View of the Keeper's House (Bed & Breakfast) from inside the lighthouse
BOTTOM RIGHT PHOTO... View of the lighthouse from the yard of the Keeper's House (Bed & Breakfast)
PRONOUNCED... "Ha - See - Ta"
LOCATED north of Florence. This beautiful lighthouse has been brightly shining its light, 21 miles out to sea, for over a century!! The 56-foot tower sits 205 feet above sea level and overlooks a beautiful beach! Sea Lion Caves can be seen to the south, Heceta Head Bed & Breakfast Inn to the east and a bridge on Highway 101 to the southeast.
A TRAIL winds along a gentle slope for 1/2 mile up to the Lighthouse and passes the Queen Anne style Keeper's House, built in 1893, which is now "The Heceta House Bed and Breakfast Inn".
HISTORY... The lighthouse opened in 1894 and is one of eleven on the Oregon Coast.
THE LIGHT... The U.S. Lighthouse Service lit the wick of the original coal oil (kerosene) lamp on March 30, 1894. That light, produced by five concentric wicks and magnified by a 392-prism British-made Fresnel lens, equaled 80,000 candle power. Its visibility, 21 miles from shore, is limited only by the curvature of the earth.
THE LIGHTKEEPERS had a difficult task trying to keep the light flashing once every minute from sunset to sunrise. They had to manually wind the clock; and in order to keep the wicks burning, they had to haul coal oil from the fuel houses up the tower. Then there was always soot on the lens of the lamp to clean off.
THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED lighthouse in all of the United States.