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.
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  • My husband and I got married in Bandon 9 years ago. It is our favorite South Coast town. My best friend and I even have tattoos of the Bandon Lighthouse on our left forearms. It is our happy place!  more »
  • Beautiful place, great beach to walk on, has a camp ground, fishing and paths to walk on. I would recommend this to anyone. I have never stayed at the campground, but friends have and they love it. Al...  more »
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  • Really cool place to check out. The pier is cool to walk on and check out the ocean and the views. The light house really was cool to check out and learn its history really was cool. Would recommend to everyone to check it out
  • Got to go inside look around, top is closed off though. Nice beach there and down the road from a nice campground.

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