Yaquina Head Lighthouse
Virtual Tour of Newport, Oregon Coast
On the tip of three-mile-long Yaquina Head, sits the big one, standing at 93 feet tall. This one - Oregon's oldest and tallest - first lit up in 1873, sometime after the name of the headland was finally switched from Cape Foulweather (and the cape ten miles up the road received that name).
From Cape Foulweather - or from any Newport beach - it's always an engaging pleasure to sit and watch the light come around with its signature flashes and spaces between the flashes.
There are no keeper's quarters for this one. They were built in 1873, but demolished in 1984.
There are 114 steps up to the very top, which guides let you briefly peek into. The view from here is astounding as well - even if it's only for a second.
From 2005 to 2007, Yaquina Head Lighthouse underwent a major renovation, which included repainting it the original black. The bottom photo shows the lighter color before the remodel.
It is open for tours - often daily. Check for hours and schedule for the lighthouse and for Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. 541-574-3100.
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