Umqua River Lighthouse
The Umqua River Light
is located just south of Reedsport at the entrance to Winchester Bay. This
is the second light to be contructed here. The first was built in 1857 and
was the first lighthouse on the Oregon coast. However, because of the unstable
ground and the eroding sands, this light fell into the sea in 1861. Two new
lights were commissioned at the same time, the Umqua River and Heceta Head.
They were designed by the same company and to be built at the same time.
The Umqua River Lighthouse
encountered several problems along the way. First, their contractor went bankrupt
putting a halt to the building. Once back on track, their lens was delivered
but they were not yet ready to install it so it was sent up the coast to Heceta
Head and installed there. When they were finally ready, a new lens arrived
but it didn't fit. It was bigger and used a slightly different rotating system
than originally designed so they made the modifications and finally installed
their light. Umqua River Lighthouse was first lit on December 31, 1894.
This lighthouse is
unique in that it has a red and white light signature. There were only 6 lens
of this type ever manufactured and today the light at Umqua River is the only
one still complete and still standing on it's original structure, a rare find
Tours are available
for this wonderful lighthouse and Bob, your tour guide, is absolutely fascinating.
You will hear the complete history of the light, enjoy a few laughs AND get
to go up and see inside this fabulous lens.
Newest Additions June '07
We shot these from the "view point" on Hwy 101 above. You can see the rare and unique red colored lens, even without a zoom lens or binoculars.
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