Attractions September 04, 2017
These 5 Haunted Lighthouses On The Oregon Coast Will Give You Chills
The Oregon Coast is home to 11 lighthouses. They are beautiful, historic and were once very important for seafarers. And, believe it or not, many of them are reported to be haunted. Paranormal activity has been witnessed at several lighthouses, and the mysterious legends surrounding these structures are downright spine-chilling. Read on if you’re in the mood for some good ghost stories.
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1. Hecata Head Lighthouse (Florence)
Legend has it that this notorious lighthouse is haunted by the ghost of an elderly woman, known as The Lady in Gray. Of all the ghost stories on the Oregon Coast, this one is supported by the most eyewitness testimonies. People consistently claim seeing a smoke-like figure of a woman appearing, and then dissipating quickly. The owners of the lighthouse, which is now a bed and breakfast, say that the Gray Lady is like a member of the family.
2. Yaquina Head Lighthouse (Newport)
This picturesque lighthouse is shrouded in rumors. Chief among them is the tale of lighthouse keeper Herbert Higgens. One night, the assistant light keeper, Frank Story, reportedly drank too much and passed out. In the process, he forgot to perform his most important duty: light the lantern. When Higgens noticed this, he rushed to light the lantern himself. However, before he could light it, he collapsed and died. His ghost is said to haunt the place to this day, seeking revenge.
Fun fact: One story that is definitely true is that this lighthouse made an appearance in "The Hardy Boys" TV show. A Hollywood crew came to Yaquina Head in the ’70’s to film a Halloween episode for the series.
3. Cape Meares Lighthouse (Tillamook)
While there have not been any ghost sightings at this lighthouse, its eerie location earns it a place on this list. Cape Meares is located near the Octopus Tree, a mysteriously shaped tree with tentacle-like branches. It is said that the tree is shaped strangely because it was used as a burial place by local native tribes who would place their dead in the tree in their canoes.
The sinister Octopus Tree is a few hundred feet from Cape Meares.
4. Tillamook Rock Lighthouse (Tillamook Head)
It’s not surprising that the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse has a reputation for being haunted. This notorious lighthouse is built on top of a jagged rock, about a mile off the shore. From the beginning, "Terrible Tilly" was surrounded by death and disaster. The first man to step on the rock during the initial construction phase drowned. Then, a week before construction was supposed to be finished, a wicked storm wrecked two ships. One witness reported seeing a phantom ship floating through the wreckage, almost as if it was picking up lost souls.
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5. Yaquina Bay Lighthouse (Newport)
Even though this lighthouse was only in operation for three years, it still managed to become part of local lore. One ghost story became particularly popular with residents. In it, a teenaged girl named Muriel lost her life while being chased by pirates. She continued to haunt Yaquina Bay after her death, and was said to wander the beaches. However, it later turned out that this was only a fictional story written by a local.
Haunted or not, these lighthouses are definitely worth a visit. Check out our dreamy Oregon Coast lighthouse road trip