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Yaquina Head Lighthouse and its History, Lore
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Yaquina Head Lighthouse and its History, Lore

Like Heceta Head, there have been tales of hauntings for Yaquina Head's lighthouse. Purportedly, a lighthouse keeper assistant named Higgins died on a fall on the winding, twisting stairway. Thereafter, other lighthouse keepers were afraid to wander up the steps alone, should they encounter the presence of their otherworldly predecessor.

In the early 2000s, the Bureau of Land Management - which oversees the lighthouse - received a letter from a descendant of Higgins which debunked this myth. It turns out Higgins moved to Portland and eventually became a dockworker - never dying in the lighthouse at all.

The scariest story involving the lighthouse involves a Hollywood movie crew filming a horror flick there. Apparently, they left it such a mess – smothered in cobwebs and other spooky fixings – that the BLM had to threaten a lawsuit to get them to come and clean it up.

Pictured here is the inside of the lighthouse. It is open to the public for tours but these schedules periodically change. 541-574-3100.

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