FLORENCE, Ore. (AP) — The Heceta Head Lighthouse may capture the eye of more photographers than any other lighthouse on the Oregon coast. There's just something about its solitary setting in the midst of so much rugged terrain that seems to beckon...
The historic Fresnel lens that concentrates the light from the Umpqua River Lighthouse and allows it to be seen 20 miles out to sea could soon be extinguished or replaced by a more modern light that wouldn't be part of the stucco lighthouse.
Two men who work construction in Florence now face charges they shot up a historic Oregon Coast lighthouse last month, shattering 15 windows and a 120-year-old lens -- an estimated half million dollars in damage.
The reward for the vandals who wrecked a 120-year-old historic lighthouse on the Oregon Coast last weekend swelled to $5,000 overnight, and a volunteer group launched an effort to raise money for repairs.
Weekend vandalism damaged a lighthouse lens manufactured in Paris, France, and shipped around Cape Horn up to Oregon in the late 19th Century, along with other windows and equipment at the Cape Meares Lighthouse.