Yaquina Head Lighthouse – All wrapped up for Christmas – But delivery delayed until after the first of the year
As plenty of folks have already noticed, it would appear that the Yaquina Head Lighthouse has put on a little weight lately – sporting a more portly form.
Actually the wrap-around is to give workers with brushes and rollers a safe area in which to repaint the 93 foot tall beast that shoots a bright light 20 miles to sea. The Bureau of Land Management, in whose care the lighthouse dwells, says they ought to be done with the job sometime in January. It was last repainted in 2006.
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse was built in Paris in 1868 – shipped to the Oregon Coast in 1872 and by August 20th of 1873, it’s first lighthouse keeper, Fayette Crosy, lit the wicks and the light was born. A 1,000 watt electric bulb was installed in the 1930s which which guided mariners off the Oregon Coast until a more efficient bulb was installed – only 500 watts needed to reach out 20 miles across the stormy darkness.
Again, they pull off the wrapping in January to reveal a clean bright spankin’ new paint job.
Although the lighthouse itself is not accessible, the ocean viewing areas are still open, along with the Yaquina Head Visitor’s Center.