The light still shines


The Heceta Head Lighthouse shines its beacon out to sea from a headland located 13 miles south of Yachats. The lighthouse, built in 1894 for a total cost of $80,000, is 56 feet tall, and its beam is visible for 21 nautical miles, making it the strongest light on the Oregon coast. Heceta Head is named after the Spanish explorer Bruno de Heceta, who explored the Pacific Northwest during the late 18th century. Visitors can still get a close-up look at this historic structure and even spend the night in the adjacent Light Keeper’s home, which is now operated as the Heceta Lighthouse B&B. (Photos by Jeremy Burke)

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