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Near Newport in Lincoln County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

It's a Long Way Up

 
 
It's a Long Way Up Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 7, 2015
1. It's a Long Way Up Marker
Inscription.  
Yaquina Head's light is 81’2" (25 m) above the ground and 162' (49 m) above mean sea level; the top of the tower is 10' (3 m) higher still.

Higher is better
On America's rugged west coast, keeping lights low enough to be seen under the fog was often a problem.
However, if they were placed too low, they couldn't be seen far enough away to be useful.

The higher a light is, the further it can be seen at sea. At 162 feet (49 m) above sea level, Yaquina Head's light can be seen about 19 miles (32 km) out to sea.

Late nights at the office
Imagine spending all of a long winter's night sitting on a stiff chair 70 feet (21 m) up in the tower watching the light.
Now try to imagine doing it in the years before there was radio, TV, or even electricity! The building attached to the light tower has two rooms which once served as the "oil room and office." However, the keepers stood nightly watch in the tower itself.

Still Lighting the Way
Many ships and boats continue to depend on lighthouses for navigational aid. Equipment in the
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small building attached to the light tower keeps a light on in case the electricity fails. A small battery-powered back-up light is attached to the railing surrounding the “lantern deck;” you can see it from the observation deck at the base of the tower.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior - Bureau of Land Management.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made FeaturesNotable BuildingsWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Lighthouses series list.
 
Location. 44° 40.611′ N, 124° 4.771′ W. Marker is near Newport, Oregon, in Lincoln County. Marker can be reached from Northwest Lighthouse Drive west of Oregon Coast Highway (U.S. 101). Marker is located beside the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, at the end of NW Lighthouse Drive, within the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, about 4 miles north of Newport, Oregon. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport OR 97365, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Keeper's Work Was Never Done (here, next to this marker); A Family Affair (here, next to this marker); South to Newport (within shouting distance of this marker); A String of Lights (within
Marker detail: height & visibility graph image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 7, 2015
2. Marker detail: height & visibility graph
The higher a light is, the further it can be seen at sea. At 162 feet (49 m) above sea level, Yaquina Head's light can be seen about 19 miles (32 km) out to sea.
shouting distance of this marker); The Changing Light Station Community: (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lighthouse Life in the Western Wilderness (about 400 feet away); Built to Last: Dedication to Quality (about 400 feet away); Newport, Oregon (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport.
 
More about this marker. Marker is weathered and some of the information is illegible
 
Regarding It's a Long Way Up. At ninety-three feet, Yaquina Head is the tallest tower on the Oregon coast and is a shorter sibling to Pigeon Point Lighthouse, California and Bodie Island Lighthouse, North Carolina (built around the same time)
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Yaquina Head Lighthouse. The tower’s fixed white light, produced by a Barbier & Fenestre first-order Fresnel lens and a four-wick, lard-oil lamp, shone for the first time on August 20, 1873. Mineral-oil lamps replaced the station’s lard-oil lamps in 1888. The station was electrified in 1933 and then automated on May 1, 1966, allowing the last two
Yaquina Head Lighthouse & 2-room Support Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 7, 2015
3. Yaquina Head Lighthouse & 2-room Support Building
Coast Guard keepers to leave the station. The original lens is still in place, but is now illuminated with an electric bulb. Since 1939, the light has had a signature of two seconds on, two seconds off, two seconds on, then fourteen seconds off. (Submitted on January 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Yaquina Head Light.
Yaquina Head's rock outcropping and 93 foot tower are visible for several miles along the Pacific Coast Highway. The light was completed in 1873 and is a classic example of the towers of that period. Inside the lantern is a huge 12 foot high First Order Fresnel Lens. (Submitted on January 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Yaquina Head Lighthouse Top, Lens & Lantern image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 7, 2015
4. Yaquina Head Lighthouse Top, Lens & Lantern
Lamp & Lens (<i>view fron inside lens</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 7, 2015
5. Lamp & Lens (view fron inside lens)
Yaquina Head Lighthouse & Cliff (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 7, 2015
6. Yaquina Head Lighthouse & Cliff (wide view)
Barbier Fenestre Paris 1868 Plaque (Lens makers) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 7, 2015
7. Barbier Fenestre Paris 1868 Plaque (Lens makers)
Yaquina Head Lighthouse Staircase image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 7, 2015
8. Yaquina Head Lighthouse Staircase
Yaquina Head Tower (<i>south view</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 7, 2015
9. Yaquina Head Tower (south view)
Yaquina Head Tower (<i>north view</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 7, 2015
10. Yaquina Head Tower (north view)
Oregon Lighthouses image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner
11. Oregon Lighthouses
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 7, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 260 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7. submitted on January 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   8, 9, 10. submitted on April 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   11. submitted on April 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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