Oregon Lighthouses represent our longest standing legacy of maritime history, and serve as visible links to the past for over 2.6 million annual visitors. Built on prominent headlands or near major estuaries, most of the Oregon lighthouses were established between 1870 and 1896. Modern technology has eliminated the need for resident lighthouse keepers. But some of the unique, classic lighthouse structures remain as much a part of Oregon’s rugged coast as any landform.
In recent times Oregon’s surviving lighthouses have become dramatically deteriorated and vigorous restoration efforts are needed to protect them. In 2006 Oregon State Parks Foundation launched a capital campaign to preserve and enhance seven iconic lighthouses including Cape Blanco, Cape Meares, Coquille River, Heceta Head, Umpqua River, Yaquina Bay and Yaquina Head. In partnership with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Friends groups and hundreds of volunteers over $170,000 was raised to support the most critical stabilization needs of these beacons of our past.