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Photo Feature By Mike VanDeWalker

Oregon Lighthouses

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Mike VanDeWalker writes, While looking at lighthouses from the outside can be great fun, to really appreciate them you have to go inside. All but a few of the lighthouses in Oregon offer tours for a small fee. In many cases you can even get up into the lens room. It is worth climbing the stairs. The first image is looking up into the lens at the Umpqua River Lighthouse. It is one of the few with both red and clear glass. It is also one of the largest lenses. South of the Umpqua House you will find the Cape Blanco house. The lens is smaller and all clear glass. This shot shows the standard two bulb fixture in use today. If a bulb was to burn out it switches to the other bulb on its own. Up the coast near Newport you will find the Yaquina Head lighthouse. This is a must see. Not so much for the lens but for the house itself. It is open for self guided tours and furnished in period furnishings. If you like "old stuff" you will love this lighthouse. Last one... Yaquina Bay lighthouse is also near Newport and worth the visit.

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