The Heceta Head Lighthouse on the Oregon coast near Yachats will shut down for repairs. (Randy L. Rasmussen / The Oregonian file)

The Heceta Head Lighthouse on the Oregon coast near Yachats will shut down for repairs. (Randy L. Rasmussen / The Oregonian file)

Heceta Head Lighthouse to close in July for repairs

The repairs will address several cracked interior metal columns and will cost about $135,000.

Associated Press

YACHATS, Ore. — The Heceta Head Lighthouse will shut down for July for repair work.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department said Tuesday that the lighthouse would close July 1 and will reopen by July 31.

The repairs will address several cracked interior metal columns on the facility’s upper floor and will cost about $135,000.

The lighthouse lens will be covered during the work to protect it from damage.

The historic assistant lighthouse keeper’s house, which the U.S. Forest Service operates through a concessionaire as a bed and breakfast, will remain open.

Heceta Head is a working lighthouse and was built around 1894.

Its beam can cast light 21 miles out to sea.

It’s believed to be the most photographed lighthouse in the United States.

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