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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.
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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 »
  • Beautiful Lighthouse with several places to view from. We first saw the light house while in Old Town Bandon. A small drive and closer to the Jetty you can get a better view and see the bar where the....  more
    Beautiful Lighthouse with several places to view from. We first saw the light house while in Old Town Bandon. A small drive and closer to the Jetty you can get a better view and see the bar where the....  more »
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  • The lighthouse was very cute. There is a small visitor's center inside. You cannot climb up the tower but you can look up it through a gate. I know you can't control the weather but it is in a very windy location so if you try to walk out towards the beach, prepare for a lot of sand in your face. We were covered when we left. It is still beautiful but just plan accordingly.
  • My partner and I visited in the summer of 2021 and visiting the lighthouse was an amazing experience. So much enriching history. The doors are padlocked and you can’t physically enter the lighthouse but you can climb the steps to the entrance. It was windy and blowing lots of sand but nonetheless beautiful
  • An easy stop, parking is close to walk right up to the lighthouse. A fun historical spot, plus you can walk along the pier or beach neaeby. Free to visit!
  • Super cute lighthouse with fun history and trails around. Parking was limited, but we made own little spot on the side. I think it’s worth it to go even if it’s foggy because you can get pretty close to the light house too.
  • It’s a nice drive to get there and a peaceful scenic walk up to and around the lighthouse with great views of the river, ocean and wildlife and a different perspective of Bandon.

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