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It was 1775�the Revolutionary War was beginning in the colonies, and off the coast of what is now Oregon, Captain Don Bruno de Heceta of the Spanish Royal Navy, was sailing into what was little known of the Pacific Northwest. The beauty captured him as he sailed past the mighty headland on his way to the mouth of the Suislaw River. Now, that headland bears his name, and since 1894, a magnificent light shown from the bluffs high above the sea�appropriately named Heceta Head Light. From London came the beautiful First Order Fresnel Lens. First lit by a coal oil lamp, in 1910 it was replaced by a gas-style Bunson-type flame. Later, this was replaced by an electric bulb. Today, the lens magnifies a bulb rated at over 1 million candlepower, enabling the light to be seen as far as 21 miles out to sea. Those who see the Lighthouse and visit its grounds, remark that it is without a doubt, one of the most romantic and beautiful Lighthouses in America, and especially on the Western Coast. From South on 101 looking North to the lighthouse, the view is remarkable, as are the views from Devils Elbow State Park, or from the shore below. Oh, if Captain Heceta could see it now�
February 9th, 2011
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