Umpqua River Lighthouse given to Douglas County

WINCHESTER BAY, Ore.-The light will continue turning and burning from the Umpqua River Lighthouse in Winchester Bay.

The US Coast Guard handed over the care of the iconic structure to Douglas County in a transfer ceremony on Saturday.

The US Coast Guard wanted to retire the lighthouse because it was no longer needed for navigation purposes, but after years of negotiations agreed to lease it to the county.

"We really hope that we can continue to lease it, that it is very important to all of us to keep a piece of living history alive, and by keeping it turning and burning we hope that will happen as long as we can possibly make it," said Jim Akre with Friends of Umpqua Lighthouse.

Although modern technology makes the lighthouse obsolete, for many in the county the structure represents home.

The lighthouse has been burning for the past 118 years.

The signature red and white pattern of the light is so unique there is only one other lens like it in the world.