Heceta Head Lightstation - Lane County, Oregon
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ddtfamily
N 44° 08.114 W 124° 07.378
10T E 410171 N 4887505
Marker describing the history of the Heceta Head Lighthouse
Waymark Code: WMHV8A
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 08/15/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 3

This marker is located at the north end of the Heceta Head Lighthouse parking lot, at the entrance to the trail to the lighthouse. It describes its history.

Heceta Head Lightstation

Illuminating the Darkness

Lighthouses are not just scenic structures - they are life-saving innovations.

In the 19th century, most traffic sailed by offshore. To steer true, and to avoid hazards such as reefs and shoals, ship captains needed land-based beacons, as illustrated on the map (right)

Between 1850 and 1870, the U.S. Lighthouse Service built a string of Lightstations that dotted the Oregon coast. However, this section along the Oregon coast remained "dark."

Components for the Heceta Head Lightstation were shipped in and unloaded onto the shore, then carried up the hillside on wagons.

In 1894, the five-wick oil lamp at the new Heceta Head Light was lit, helping to illuminate that darkness.

Continue along this short trail to discover the Historic Heceta Head Lightstation, maintained today as a partnership between the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the U.S. Forest Service. Along the way, you'll find spectacular views of the coast as you learn about the lightkeeper's house and lighthouse preservation.

Photo captions:

  • U.S.S. Rose tender and other ships carried supplies to the Lightstation.

  • (right) Sections of the Lightstation were unloaded onto the beach and carried up the hill on wagons, circa 1898.

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Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: Forest Service

Marker Type: Trail

Region: Coast

County: Lane

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

Web link to additional information: Not listed

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