There are quite a few light houses on the Oregon coast. We took a trip one day to the Yaquina Head Lighthouse just north of Newport Oregon.I am no expert, but assume that no lighthouses are in use anymore. Oh, many still have the lights that flash in the night, some still even have the fog horns with their deep haunting sounds that used to warn ships at sea that they were approaching dangerous waters. With GPS and radar, lighthouses are little more than a curiosity, a remembrance of a different time.
As it turns out, this lighthouse, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse is Oregon's tallest, and also it's second oldest continually running lighthouse. There are no more lighthouse keepers, they replaced the oil lamp with an electric light and is now pretty much automatic and operated from somewhere other than the lighthouse itself.
I suppose that it is the romantic in me, perhaps the hermit, but I would have liked to be a lighthouse keeper.
The day we were there, the lighthouse was closed, but it is usually opened to the public, and you can climb all 114 steps to the top where the light is ...... of course that's if you are at least 42" tall (they're worried about you falling through the the old stairs and handrails).
We will go back again when we can go inside. There is a memorial plaque outside to sailors and fisherman lost at sea, we have seen these in quite a few other places along the Oregon Coast. The Ocean can be a dangerous place at times along the Oregon Coast.
There is also a small deck and viewing area out back. They have one of those stand up binocular type devices, I think you had to put 50 cents in for about a minute or two. You can look down at seal lions basking about or the hundreds of sea birds squabbling about who knows what.
I enjoyed the time here, and you will too ...... if you go that is.