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Coquille River Lighthouse, Bandon

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Coquille River Light is a lighthouse located near Bandon, Oregon, United States. It is currently maintained by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department as a part of Bullards Beach State Park.HistoryOriginally named Bandon Light, Coquille River Light was commissioned in 1895. First lit on February 29, 1896, the light guided mariners past the dangerous shifting sandbars into the Coquille River and harbor at Bandon. The light contained a fourth-order Fresnel lens and connected to the nearby keepers house by a wooden walkway. In September 1936, a large wildfire swept through the surrounding area, and destroyed most of Bandon. The town soon became bankrupt as a result of the decline in shipping. Coquille Light was shut down in 1939 and replaced by an automated light on the south jetty.The light was originally built with a Daboll trumpet for its foghorn, which was used as the light's fog signal for several years. However, at certain times due to specific weather conditions, the sound of the trumpet would fail at sea, and in 1910 the trumpet was replaced by a more reliable fog siren. While mariners liked the new signal, many Bandon residents did not. The siren would eventually be removed along with the Fresnel lens after the light's decommissioning.Over the next 37 years, the condition of the light deteriorated due to neglect and vandalism, until the 1976, when its first major restoration began. However, by this time, the keepers quarters and other outbuildings had deteriorated past the point of repair, and were eventually removed. In 1991, a new solar powered light was installed in the tower. Currently, a new set of renovations are being done to the light as an ongoing project, and is estimated to finish sometime in 2011. For Coquille River Lighthouse and beyond, use our Bandon road trip site to get the most from your Bandon vacation.
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  • We took a drive to the lighthouse. Drive was nice, ho hum when we got there. The lighthouse was also closed at the time. I actually enjoyed the view from the other side of the Coquille River... 
    We took a drive to the lighthouse. Drive was nice, ho hum when we got there. The lighthouse was also closed at the time. I actually enjoyed the view from the other side of the Coquille River...  more »
  • I love this lighthouse... I am going at low tide next time so that I can walk closer! Apparently there is a hike for a better view, and Lighthouse Beach from low tide. 
    I love this lighthouse... I am going at low tide next time so that I can walk closer! Apparently there is a hike for a better view, and Lighthouse Beach from low tide.  more »
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  • The walk is fairly easy, maybe .3 miles. This was pretty cool, the volunteers were super friendly and answered all our questions. There are great views and a lot of areas to walk around. You can do the tour for $2 per an adult, but they do not allow people to go to the top anymore.
  • I really enjoyed this place. Very easy and short walk to it from the parking lot. There was a nice information board about the lighthouse and the beach next to the lighthouse was very nice.

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