Did You Know: Heceta Head Lighthouse

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Every month, Lighthouse Commercial Real Estate features a lighthouse. These lighthouses have guided many a captain safely to port. These magnificent beacons and their operators are an important fabric of American industry and we simply love to share their stories.

Heceta Head LighthouseHeceta Head Lighthouse

Heceta Head Lighthouse in Yachats, Oregon, has shone over the Pacific Ocean since 1894. The 56-foot-tall tower has a first-order Fresnel lens that is visible for 21 miles at sea and is said to be the brightest beacon on the Oregon coast.

When the tower was first built, it was nearly impossible to access. The first head keeper, Andrew P.C. Hald, had to walk 24 miles from Newport, Oregon, to Heceta Head. It wasn’t until the 1930s, when the last stretch of the Oregon Coast Highway was constructed that the lighthouse was easily accessible.

The light was automated in 1963. Since 1995, one of the former light keeper’s duplexes has operated as a bed and breakfast, at which guests can enjoy the same breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean that captivated light keepers for years.

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We are very passionate about lighthouses. With today’s technology and services such as GPS there isn’t the same need for actual lighthouses that there once was. Having said that, when times are most difficult and the stormy seas erupt, it is not uncommon for electronics and communications to be knocked out of commission. Even today, a captain in distress will seek out the lighthouse on shore for clear direction and safe harbor.

We love the lighthouse analogy for commercial real estate. Captains of industry, even with the most thought out plans and experience, can find themselves in troubled seas. Uncertainty in life can arrive at any occasion. Our mission at Lighthouse Commercial Real Estate is to be that clear beacon of hope and trust that you need when clear direction is needed most. Your business life may depend on the commercial real estate decisions you make.

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