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Heceta Head Lighthouse

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Heceta Head Lighthouse  - North Florence, Oregon

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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   Although no longer tended by resident light-keepers, the Oregon coast is still illuminated by a string of lighthouse spread out along the entire length of the coast. Heceta Head Lighthouse One of these survivors is rated as the strongest light on the coast, limited only by the curvature of the earth. Heading north from Florence, visitors may first spot the lighthouse from Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint. This popular pullout looks across the cove and mouth of Cape Creek toward Heceta Head Point and the light-station. It's not long before a chorus of sea lions begins to attract sightseers' attention from the Sea Lions Cave below.
   Heceta Head, named by a Spanish expedition in 1775, still carries the surname of Don Bruno Heceta. Construction Heceta Head Bed and Breakfaston the 56 foot tower began in 1892, with the light-keepers quarters following. The Queen Anne style keeper's house now doubles as a bed and breakfast (serving up a gourmet breakfast), and the Heceta Head State Park interpretive center. Paths from the cove parking lot lead up to the lighthouse, the keeper's quarters and many spectacular west coast sunsets. After a 1.6 million dollar restoration project, the historic lighthouse is open to the public for tours. Overnight stays are offered year around at the keeper's quarters, now a bed and breakfast. Maintenance and development projects are funded from lodging fees, donations and gift shop sales.

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