After many attempts,
we finally managed to visit this beautiful lighthouse.
Cape Blanco Lighthouse has recently (as of summer 2004) undergone a
major facelift including painting the outside, cleaning and patching
mortar on the inside and general maintenance. The light itself is a
must see with a totally refurbished lens.
Cape Blanco light is truly in a class by itself. Sitting high on a cliff
245 feet above the ocean this lighthouse offers spectacular views from
Oregon's westernmost point. It is also Oregon's oldest standing, continuously
operating lighthouse. It was built in 1870 at a cost of $100,000.
Located 9 miles
north of the town of Port Orford, this 59 foot tall tower became automated
in 1980. Cape Blanco also has the distinction of being the first Oregon
lighthouse to have a woman keeper. Mabel E. Bretheron began her watch
And finally, Cape Blanco is the only lighthouse in Oregon with an operating
Fresnel lens that allows guests into the lens room. A very rare treat
indeed. It is the most impressive lens I've seen yet, next to
Umpqua's red targets. This lens measures 48" in diameter
and 68" in height. It is larger than a second order (47"
by 61") lens, but smaller than a first order (61"
by 710") lens. You can see how it was meticulously taken
apart piece by piece and put back together with a thin mortar like cement.
Lighthouse has easily become my favorite of the Oregon Lights we've
seen so far!
Newest Additions Aug '09
|I created a "mosaic" of the lighthouse click this image to see the "before"
|| click this image to see the finished mosaic
||click this image to see a full size image (800k)and see the individual images that made up the mosaic.(may have to click within the image to see full size depending on your browser settings)
The mosaic is made up of pics we took on a recent trip to Bandon and Florence. The mosaic was made with 'AndreaMosaic'
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