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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Newport, Oregon

 
Clickable Map of Lincoln County, Oregon and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Lincoln County, OR (34) Benton County, OR (40) Lane County, OR (85) Polk County, OR (6) Tillamook County, OR (19)  LincolnCounty(34) Lincoln County (34)  BentonCounty(40) Benton County (40)  LaneCounty(85) Lane County (85)  PolkCounty(6) Polk County (6)  TillamookCounty(19) Tillamook County (19)
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1Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — A Family Affair
Even though Newport was only four miles (7 km) away, bad weather, poor roads, and the demands of their work combined to tie the keepers and their families to the Yaquina Head Light Station. What did they do? They caught, shot . . . Map (db m112415) HM
2Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — A Keeper's Work Was Never Done
By modern standards, the regular routine of a lighthouse keeper was monotonous. It was, however, sometimes interrupted by unexpected moments of drama. "Last night lightning struck the office and storeroom building. It tore off the . . . Map (db m112414) HM
3Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — A String of Lights
Before lighthouses, mariners sailing along the rugged west coast anchored their ships at night rather than risk disaster sailing in darkness. Beginning in the 1850s, the U.S. Light-House Service constructed a string of lighthouses along the west . . . Map (db m177190) HM
4Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — Bayfront Beginnings
In 1866, the area around Yaquina Bay was removed from the Coast Reservation and opened up to settlement. On July 4 that year Sam Case opened the area's first resort hotel, the Ocean House, and also named the new community Newport. The Lincoln . . . Map (db m177035) HM
5Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — Bridging the Waters
Built by the Works Progress Administration, the Yaquina Bay Bridge is 3,260 feet long. About 220 men were employed 30 hours each week from Aug. 1, 1934 until its opening on Sept. 6, 1936. During the first ten hours after the bridge opened, 5,290 . . . Map (db m177031) HM
6Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — Built to Last: Dedication to Quality
In the mid-1800s the U.S. Light-House Service vowed to improve the agency with a new dedication to structural and architectural quality in its lighthouses. Yaquina Head Lighthouse reflects this change in values and the new focus on skilled craft . . . Map (db m177193) HM
7Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — Devil's Punchbowl
Devil's Punchbowl is a hole in the sandstone terrace. It was formed by the collapse of the roof where two sea caves met, one from the north and the other from the west. Water enters the bowl at high tide, and during storms its churning and foaming . . . Map (db m52157) HM
8Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — It's a Long Way Up
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 . . . Map (db m112413) HM
9Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — Lighthouse Life in the Western Wilderness
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, three lighthouse keepers lived together in a small, isolated community at Yaquina Head. Two married keepers lived with their families, and one bachelor keeper lived alone. The keepers worked hard tending . . . Map (db m177192) HM
10Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — Lighthouses of the Oregon Coast
Columbia River Lightship No. 50: Est. 1892 • No. 604 • withdrawn from duty, 1979 Point Adams: 1875-1899 • Razed 1912 Columbia River Lights: Desdemona Sands: 1902 - Late 40's • Warrior Rock: 1888 to Present (Near St. Helens) • . . . Map (db m177186) HM
11Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — Lighthouses Weren't Enough
Then and Now (top left): From 1896 to 1906 the U.S. Lifesaving Service had quarters at south beach and launched their oar-powered rescue boats through the surf. (bottom left): From 1906 to 1915 a boat house stood where the . . . Map (db m177148) HM
12Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — Newport, Oregon — 1866 – 1966
The city of Newport was named on July 4, 1866. On that day the townspeople and many visitors gathered to celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of National Independence Day and to name this small fishing and lumbering community. A tall pole was . . . Map (db m114246) HM
13Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — Protecting the Coast
The United States Life Saving Service established a station on the South Beach of Yaquina Bay in 1896. In 1906 the service moved into Yaquina Bay Lighthouse which had been abandoned with the construction of Yaquina Head Lighthouse. In 1915, the . . . Map (db m177019) HM
14Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — Reeling Them In
The fish and sealife in the waters around Yaquina Bay provided sustenance for the early native tribes and were important to settlers both for food and for commerce. The discovery of halibut banks in 1912 brought a rush of commercial as well as . . . Map (db m177022) HM
15Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — Safety at Yaquina Bay Today
The wreck of the Yaquina City The steamer Yaquina City was one of the four ships that ran the route between San Francisco and Yaquina City (now a ghost town up the bay). The ships carried freight (mostly wheat) and passengers. In . . . Map (db m177152) HM
16Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — Shipping News
In 1861 word about beds of a rare rock oyster on Yaquina Bay spread to San Francisco. Ships came for the oysters which were served at top restaurants on the west and east coasts. Local Indians, in particular women, were hired to harvest the oysters. . . . Map (db m177026) HM
17Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — South of the Bay
The South Beach of Yaquina Bay has changed each decade as regularly as the tides. The Yacona Indians set up summer camps here before the Coast Reservation was established in 1855. Lemuel Davis homesteaded a good chunk of the land when it was opened . . . Map (db m177023) HM
18Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — South to Newport
Founded in 1865, Newport has become the largest town on the central Oregon coast. Its railroad, maritime and highway connections have nurtured its development. Newport Harbor Today, Newport's harbor serves mostly . . . Map (db m112412) HM
19Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — The Changing Light Station Community: — A Technology Story
For more than 140 years, Yaquina Head Lighthouse has graced this headland. While the lighthouse structure has endured, the technology of the lighthouse lamp has evolved and directly influenced the community. 1873-1930s • Funck's Hydraulic . . . Map (db m177191) HM
20Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — United States Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG 36503
Built by USCG Yard August 30, 1946 Retired from active service April 8, 1970 In memory of those lost at sea, and to those men whose courage, initiative and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of . . . Map (db m113503) HM WM
21Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — Yaquina Bay — Oregon History
The old Yaquina Bay Lighthouse established in 1871 is the earliest aid to navigation, standing within the range of the first recorded landfall made from a ship to the shores of the Pacific Northwest. Captain James Cook made this landfall on March . . . Map (db m113917) HM
22Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — Yaquina Bay Bridge
Long before today's modern paved highways, rough, muddy wagon roads provided the only inland access to Oregon's coast, and travel north or south was often on the beach at a low tide. Construction of a continuous coastal road, dubbed the . . . Map (db m113501) HM
23Oregon (Lincoln County), Newport — Yaquina Bay Light
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 . . . Map (db m177188) HM
 
Oct. 24, 2021