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

Yaquina Bay Light

 
 
Yaquina Bay Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 28, 2021
1. Yaquina Bay Light Marker
Inscription.  Yaquina Bay Light — Oregon's shortest-lived lighthouse: Why?

In 1873, a first order light was to have been constructed on Cape Foulweather, eight miles to the north. However, with difficulties in landing, and without road transport to the cape, materials for construction were off-loaded at Yaquina Head, and the lighthouse was built there … only four miles away!

Because it was a stronger light, the government elected to keep the light at Yaquina Head burning and extinguish the one at Yaquina Bay.

Yaquina Bay light was extinguished October 1, 1874 and was never lit again.

Caprions
(top left)
• Yaquina Bay Lighthouse was built in 1871, and is situated on 32 acres bought from early settlers Lester and Sophronia Baldwin for $500 in gold. It was designated as a harbor entrance light and was equipped with a Fresnel lens.
• The original plans were drawn in 1871, but by the time construction was begun in May of that year, the plans were altered to fit the needs of the lighthouse keeper's family.
(top right) The people of Newport and the Lincoln County Historical Society
Yaquina Bay Light Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 28, 2021
2. Yaquina Bay Light Marker
Marker is in this kiosk near the lighthouse (background).
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were behind the effort to save the lighthouse from the bulldozer in 1934. Oregon State Parks began restoration in 1974 and in 1975 the lighthouse was once again open to the public. It has been placed on the list of National Historic Places.
(bottom right) The Fresnel Lens was developed by Augustin Fresnel, a native of France. The lens is a series of prismatic rings. This arrangement magnifies the light, making it visible many miles seaward.

(Photo credits: Lincoln County Historical Society)
 
Erected by Friends of Yaquina Bay Lighthouse • Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical date for this entry is October 1, 1874.
 
Location. 44° 37.421′ N, 124° 3.772′ W. Marker is in Newport, Oregon, in Lincoln County. Marker is on Yaquina Bay State Park, 0.2 miles west of U.S. 101, on the left when traveling east. Marker is in a kiosk near the lighthouse in Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site. 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 walking distance of this marker. Lighthouses of the Oregon Coast (here, next to this marker); Lighthouses Weren't Enough (here, next to this marker); Safety at Yaquina Bay Today (here, next to this marker); Yaquina Bay Bridge
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Yaquina Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG 36503 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Reeling Them In (approx. half a mile away); Protecting the Coast (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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