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New book details lighthouse history
By Coos Bay World Staff Writer   - 10/29/2007

Coos Bay World

Oregon native David Pinyerd will be in Bandon this weekend to sign and discuss his latest book, “Lighthouses and Life-Saving on the Oregon Coast.”

Pinyerd is a member of the board of the U.S. LifeSaving Service Heritage Association, which works to save the artifacts and story of the LifeSaving Service and the U.S. Coast Guard. The author compiled images and information from a wide variety of sources for the book, according to a press release from the publisher, Arcadia Publishing. Among these were the U.S. Coast Guard archives in Washington, D.C., and noted Oregon lighthouse historian James Gibbs.

The book signing will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Bandon Historical Society Museum, 270 Fillmore Ave. S.E. and U.S. Highway 101.

Pinyerd’s research is combined with an extensive collection of previously unpublished photographs to create a vivid portrait of a coastal economy dependent upon the Pacific Ocean, the publisher said. As the state’s population grew in the 19th Century, the federal government let the Oregon coast go unguarded by lighthouses and lifesavers for decades.

Economic and political pressures forced the government to build the first Oregon lighthouse in 1857 at the Umpqua River. The LifeSaving Service followed in 1878 with a station at the mouth of Coos Bay. Eventually, most of the state’s harbor entrances and headlands were protected by both the Lighthouse Service and the LifeSaving Service, the precursor to today’s Coast Guard.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.





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