Heceta Head Lighthouse
Heceta Head Lighthouse,
located just north of Florence, is the sister lighthouse of the Umpqua River
Light. Both are identical, designed by the same company. It's 56 foot tower
was first lit in 1894 and is still sending it's beacon out over the water
from it's perch 205 feet above the ocean.
To access this lighthouse,
you must park in the parking lot at the beach below and make the hike upward.
You will first come to the keeper's house. Originally, 2 identical houses
stood side by side. One was for the head lightkeeper and his family and the
other was a duplex that housed the first and second assistant lightkeepers
and their families. Over the years the land has been owned by several different
groups and while in the hands of the Coast Guard, many of the buildings were
torn down or destroyed, including the head lightkeeper's house. The remaining
assistant's house was once used as a barracks but is now a Bed and Breakfast.
Free tours are often offered. Inside you can see wonderful antiques, artifacts
and photos of how the properties used to look as well as hear the history
of the area. You will also hear stories of the resident ghost, a former lightkeeper's
wife who seems to dislike electricity and loud noises.
Travel farther up
the path to the actual lighthouse. Tours are available here as well. You can
hear about how the materials were brought in and carted up the steep incline
to this lofty perch high above the sea.
There are lots of
opportunities for wonderful photographs of this beautiful lighthouse. You
can even find a couple of vantage points just south of the light on highway
101. Just be aware that more times than not the light is engulfed in fog.
*Note: From the lookout
south, on the opposite side of the beach, you have a fabulous view of the
lighthouse and the keeper's house. And, if you look straight down, you may
see sea lions sunning on the rocks below.
Newest Additions April '06
Newest Additions Sept. '07
I shot these pics from the "Sea Lion Caves" wayside.
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