Monday, January 23, 2017

Beach Driftwood

On this beach, is one the largest collection of driftwood that you will ever run across! Winter is officially over and a whole winter's worth of driftwood has washed up on the beach.

Off to the left is the Coquille River (not visible in the image) and, the Coquille River Lighthouse. In the background is the town of Bandon which is on the Southern Oregon Coast.

The original name of the Coquille River Lighthouse was the Bandon Light" and commissioned in 1895. The lighthouse became active in 1896. The light helped boaters avoid dangerous sandbars in the Coquille River and led them safely into the harbor at Bandon.

The light contained a fourth-order Fresnel lens. In 1936, a large fire swept through Bandon and destroyed much of the town. Bandon became bankrupt.

There was a decline in shipping and, the lighthouse was shut down. It was replaced by an automated light on the south jetty. So basically, the Coquille River Lighthouse has not been an active lighthouse for decades!

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