Lake Hefner Lighthouse | Accidentally Wes Anderson

Lake Hefner Lighthouse

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | C.1999

Photo Credit: Stephen Shutters

In the landlocked American state of Oklahoma, known for its wheat fields and wide open plains – and where the closest shoreline is eight hours away – one would hardly expect to come across a lighthouse. Yet, in Oklahoma City, the Lake Hefner Lighthouse, also known as the East Wharf Lighthouse, stands watch over Lake Hefner on the northern edge of city.

Created in the mid-1900s, the manmade lake was established to provide water for the growing city and also doubled as a recreation area. Named after former Oklahoma City Mayor Robert Hefner, the lake has also been used for boating, fishing, and picnics.

On the east side of the lake, nestled among restaurants and a marina, the Lighthouse stands 40 feet tall and flashes a red, two second off-on pattern from dusk to dawn. Inspired by Brant Point Lighthouse, the second oldest lighthouse in the United States, the design includes a hexagonal tower made of concrete.

The Lighthouse took just two months to construct and involved a “tilt-up” technique of its concrete panels. Part of the U.S. Lighthouse Society, the structure juts into the lake right off of Lake Hefner Parkway and is open to the public. A popular spot for scenic photography, the Lighthouse has also played host to weddings and magazine photo shoots.

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