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By Frank Armendariz
The Creswell Chronicle 

Stunning site: Heceta Head offers scenic view of history from old lighthouse


June 20, 2019

Frank Armendariz/The Creswell Chronicle

The view from the lighthouse level is world-class and characteristic of what many people imagine the Oregon Coast to be. On many days, seals can be seen sunning on the rocks below the lighthouse. At one time, two homes stood on the site of Heceta House. The master keeper's home was moved away when the lighthouse went electric as it required less maintenance and a small crew. The entire area is filled with natural wonders, they attract artists and photographers from around the world and the lighthouse itself is the most photographed lighthouse in the world.

Reaching from the crest of the Cascade Mountains to the eastern edge of the Pacific Ocean, Lane County is among the most popular destinations in our great state – a place where you can catch a trout on the famous McKenzie River in the morning and enjoy the sunset on a Florence beach that same afternoon.

On a recent morning after breakfast, my wife Tami and I drove to the north edge of the county and visited the Heceta Lighthouse, an easy 20-minute drive from Florence.

The lighthouse sits on the cliffs of Heceta Head along Hwy 101 north of town. Heceta Head is named after the Basque explor...

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