Coquille River Lighthouse

Bandon, Oregon

Coquille River Lighthouse

Coquille River Lighthouse, August, 1997

The Coquille River Lighthouse was built in 1896, across the mouth of the river from Bandon, to serve as both a seacoast lighthouse and a harbor light.

The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1939.  The lighting apparatus was removed and the building was abandoned.  For many years it fell prey to heavy vandalism and graffiti; many bricks were removed from the structure.

The building was restored in 1976 through a joint venture of the Army Corps of Engineers and the Oregon State Department of Transportation.  At that time, it was listed in the National Park Service Registry of Historic Places.

I have visited this lighthouse on three occasions - September 1986, December 1994 and August, 1987.  On each occasion, I have enjoyed the lighthouse and the surrounding sand and rocks tremendously.

There is a great view of the lighthouse from the town of Bandon, but the lighthouse deserves a close-up view.  It can be reached by taking the Bullard's Beach State Park exit from Highway 101 just north of Bandon.  The lighthouse is open to the public during the day.

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Last updated: 23 Apr 2001