WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. - Staff with the Umpqua River Lighthouse Museum as well as staff with Douglas County said the lighthouse will be undergoing some much-needed repairs in time for its 125th birthday.
Representatives with the museum said this is a very special lighthouse because it was the first lighthouse in Oregon and it houses the last commissioned lense of its kind. They said it's a very special piece of history to the community.
“It has the history behind it, and this is the only one left in the world. That’s pretty special in itself," said Jaci Stephens, a volunteer with the Umpqua River Lighthouse Museum.
Stephens said the lighthouse and museum will be getting a good power washing and touch up wherever paint is needed. They'll also be looking at a few repairs like the entry to the gift shop and the ball on the top of the lighthouse. Stephens said the repair of the ball is essential so that it doesn't deteriorate more and damage the lense.
Representatives with the museum said they're looking for donors to be "Step Up" sponsors. Those people would have plaques in the lighthouse dedicated to them.
They'll also be launching a "Love Your Lighthouse" fundraiser on February 14, 2018, and it will run through February 14, 2019.
They expect upgrades to be done in time for the lighthouse's 125th birthday on December 31, 2019.