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Bandon in Coos County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Coquille River Lighthouse - 1896

 
 
Coquille River Lighthouse - 1896 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2015
1. Coquille River Lighthouse - 1896 Marker
Inscription. This lighthouse, officially the Coquille River Lighthouse, stands today as a reminder of a past era when safe shipping depended on a lightkeeper and his light. From within the stuccoed brick walls of the adjoining 47 foot tower was a fixed, fourth-order light which beaconed 28 seconds, eclipsed two seconds. The light guided boats safely across the shallow beach at the mouth of the Coquille River until 1939 when it was abandoned and replaced by an automatic light on the south jetty.

In 1963, the Oregon State Parks Division leased the lighthouse and surrounding acreage from the Army Corps of Engineers for park purposes. Together, these two agencies restored the weatherworn and deteriorated lighthouse in 1978.

Of the eight lighthouses remaining on the Oregon Coast, the Coquille River Lighthouse was the last constructed. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Location. 43° 7.447′ N, 124° 25.453′ W. Marker is in Bandon, Oregon, in Coos County. Marker can be reached from Bullards Beach Road 2.8 miles east of U.S. 101 when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located adjacent to subject lighthouse, where the Coquille River empties into the Pacific Ocean, inside Bullards Beach State Park. It is a short walk
Coquille River Lighthouse - 1896 Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2015
2. Coquille River Lighthouse - 1896 Marker (wide view)
from the lighthouse parking lot to the marker and lighthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 56487 Bullards Beach Road, Bandon OR 97411, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Judah Parker County Park (approx. 4.3 miles away); Sir Francis Drake 1540-1596 (approx. 12˝ miles away); Coos Bay Waters to Coquille Waters Trail (approx. 13.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Large wooden marker, somewhat weathered
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Oregon Coast Lighthouses
 
Also see . . .  Coquille River (Bandon) Lighthouse.
Workers and supplies arrived on scene in April 1895, and one of the first tasks was to level the top of Rackliff Rock to provide a base for the lighthouse. Local stone was cut to form the structure’s foundation, while the lighthouse itself was built of brick, covered with a layer of stucco. The design was unique with a cylindrical tower attached to the east side of an elongated, octagonal room, which housed the fog signal equipment and had a large trumpet protruding from its western wall. The first-class Daboll fog trumpet emitted a five-second blast every thirty seconds as needed. In 1907, oil engines powering a compressed-air
Coquille River Lighthouse (<i>west side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2015
3. Coquille River Lighthouse (west side)
plant replaced the steam plant originally used to power the fog signal. (Submitted on December 21, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Coquille River Lighthouse (<i>east side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2015
4. Coquille River Lighthouse (east side)
Coquille River Lighthouse (<i>morning fog</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2015
5. Coquille River Lighthouse (morning fog)
Coquille River Lighthouse (<i>south side; from across Coquille River mouth</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2015
6. Coquille River Lighthouse (south side; from across Coquille River mouth)
Coquille River Lighthouse (<i>interior view through window</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2015
7. Coquille River Lighthouse (interior view through window)
Coquille River Lighthouse (<i>National Registry of Historic Places</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2015
8. Coquille River Lighthouse (National Registry of Historic Places)
Lighthouse Lantern and Lens Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2015
9. Lighthouse Lantern and Lens Exhibit
Lighthouse Architecture Exhibit image. Click for full size.
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10. Lighthouse Architecture Exhibit
Lighthouse Events Timeline Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2015
11. Lighthouse Events Timeline Exhibit
Lighthouse Valor Exhibit image. Click for full size.
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12. Lighthouse Valor Exhibit
Protecting Bandon Harbor Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2015
13. Protecting Bandon Harbor Exhibit
Disasters at the Mouth of the River Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2015
14. Disasters at the Mouth of the River Exhibit
Coquille River (<i>view northwest from lighthouse</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 25, 2015
15. Coquille River (view northwest from lighthouse)
Oregon Lighthouses image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner
16. Oregon Lighthouses
 
 
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