We had another WOWSER drive today, we drove about 100 miles along the Oregon Coast to the tiny town of Bandon. We passed so many beautiful areas, it would take months to really see it all.
We loved the Old Town district in Bandon. We had fresh halibut broiled with cilantro and lime at Tony’s Crab Shack, it was delicious. The present city of Bandon was rebuilt after a devastating 1936 fire destroyed the entire business district and most of the residences. The Old Town district is a center for art galleries, shops, and great restaurants. Bandon is known as the Cranberry Capital of Oregon, and the annual Cranberry Festival in September brings many people to town to celebrate. Many cranberry bogs are south of town.
We also visited the Coquille River Lighthouse. Coquille River Light (formerly known as Bandon Light. It is currently maintained by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department as a part of Bullards Beach State Park. Originally named Bandon Light, Coquille River Light was commissioned in 1895. First lit on February 29, 1896, the light guided mariners past the dangerous shifting sandbars into the Coquille River and harbor at Bandon. The light contained a fourth-order Fresnel lens and connected to the nearby keeper's house by a wooden walkway. Coquille Light was shut down in 1939 and replaced by an automated light on the south jetty.
I took a lot of pictures of the lighthouse as well as the awesome scenic drive and hope you enjoy. Check back later for more from Oregon.