Newport in Lincoln County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
The Changing Light Station Community:
A Technology Story
• Funck's Hydraulic Float Lamp, the original lamp installed in the lighthouse. This lamp stood 9 feet tall and burned lard oil. When used with a Fresnel lens, it shone a light 20 miles out to sea.
• Yaquina Head Lighthouse required three lighthouse keepers to tend its oil-burning lamps. The keepers hauled oil up the lighthouse stairs to supply the lamp, and took shifts to ensure the flame burned throughout the night. Because of the difficulties in getting supplies at such a remote location, keepers and their families tended a garden and raised livestock to help meet their own needs.
The lighthouse converted to an electric light bulb, requiring maintenance by only two keepers. A smaller home for a single family replaced the original two-story dwelling. With improved roads, the keepers could drive to Newport for groceries and no longer needed to tend a garden and raise livestock.
The Bureau of Land Management and its partners began a top-to-bottom restoration of the lighthouse tower and oil house. The restored exterior and interior now match the condition and appearance of the 1873 lighthouse. Today, the community at Yaquina Head changes daily as visitors arrive to experience this historic lighthouse.
Erected by U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Man-Made Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1873.
Location. 44° 40.584′ N, 124° 4.7′ W. Marker is in Newport, Oregon, in Lincoln County. Marker can be reached from Northwest Lighthouse Drive. Marker is along walkway from parking lot to Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 750 NW Lighthouse Drive, 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. Lighthouse Life in the Western Wilderness (here, next to this marker); Built to Last: Dedication to QualitySouth to Newport (within shouting distance of this marker); A String of Lights (within shouting distance of this marker); It's a Long Way Up (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Family Affair (about 400 feet away); A Keeper's Work Was Never Done (about 400 feet away); Newport, Oregon (approx. 3.2 miles 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 and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.