One thing that makes this lighthouse extra special is the first-order Fresnel lens, which was manufactured in Birmingham, England. Comprised of 640, two-inch-thick prisms, the lens is arranged in eight bull’s-eye panels that concentrate the light of a single flame so it can be seen 21 miles out to sea. The original lens is still in working order, with only small sections having to be replaced since it first began operating in 1894.
Each lighthouse as a specific light-flash pattern, so sailors know where they are by watching the flash. Heceta Head’s flash is exclusively white (some have combinations of red) and can be seen every 10 seconds.
On a clear night, the majesty of the Fresnel lens is overwhelming.