Cape Arago Lighthouse

Charleston, Oregon - 1934 (1866**)

Photo of the Cape Arago Lighthouse.

History of the Cape Arago Lighthouse

The first lighthouse at this point was made of iron and was active for more than 40 years. Erosion would force the Government to replace it. The second tower tower would be made of wood further back from the water. It would last for thirty years before it would suffer the same fate.

The third tower was built in 1934 was built much better than the first two. During the 1930s, the standard for lighthouse construction was to use reinforced concrete. This is what the current Cape Arago lighthouse is made of. It stands only forty-four feet, but with the height of the cliff, it places the light 100 feet above sea level. With this height and the fourth-order Fresnel lens, the light is visible about 16 miles out to sea.

So far, the lighthouse is faring well, however, the island that the tower was built on is considerably smaller than it was a century ago. Only time will tell if it may be looking at the same fate as its predecessors.

Directions: The lighthouse is best viewed from Sunset Bay State Park. The lighthouse is located on a island just off the park. The bridge to the island is closed to the public, so you will have to settle for a distant view from the park.

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Tower Information
Tower Height: 44.00'
Focal Plane: 100'
Active Aid to Navigation: Deactivated (2006)
*Latitude: 43.341 N
*Longitude: -124.375 W
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* Please note that all GPS coordinates are approximated and are meant to put you in the vicinity of the lighthouse, not for navigation purposes.

** This year denotes a station date. This is the year that a lighthouse was first reported in the vicinity or at that location.

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