Coos Bay Station Site

Charleston, OR

Also known as Cape Arago (1879-1902); Coos Bay (1903-present)

The Coos Bay Station Site site was established in 1891 (at this site, 1879 at original site)


This site was closed (in) 1916 (at this site, still active at current [4th] site)


This site was moved in 1916. Moved to new [3rd] site in 1916 but retained name. Active from 1879 to 1891 at original site. (See Station ID # 414.1 and 414.3)


This is an active site from 1891-1916


Designation number: 316 (320)

Station closed in 1916 at this site and moved to a new location. 1916 station house destroyed by fire around 1967.

Station Site Notes:

1890 under contract or construction (USLSS Annual Reports). Station built in 1878; The first life saving station on the Oregon Coast was built in late 1878, two miles southwest of Cape Arago. The station was moved from Lighthouse Island to the North Spit of Coos Bay in July of 1891. Since the station had moved quite far away from Cape Arago, the name was actually a misnomer and this issue was addressed in 1902 when the station was renamed; The original station was turned over to GSA in 1955.?A new Cape Arago station is still in operation and is now designated Station Coos Bay (USCG Historian's Website). The U.S. Navy occupied the site of the second station in 1941 and used it as a direction finder station during World War II. At the end of the war it was returned to the Coast Guard and in 1953 sold to a private party as surplus. The station house burned around 1967 (David Pinyerd).

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