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Tillamook Rock Light, Cannon Beach

Categories: Lighthouses, Tourist Spots
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4.1/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web
Tillamook Rock Light is a deactivated lighthouse on the Oregon Coast of the United States. It is located approximately 1.2mi offshore from Tillamook Head, and 20mi south of the Columbia River, situated on less than an acre of basalt rock in the Pacific Ocean. The construction of the lighthouse was commissioned in 1878 by the United States Congress, and began in 1880. The construction took more than 500 days to finish, with its completion in January 1881. In early January 1881, when the lighthouse was near completion, the barque Lupatia was wrecked near the rock during inclement weather and sank, killing all 16 crew members.The Light was officially lit on January 21, 1881. At the time, it was the most expensive West Coast lighthouse ever built. Due to the erratic weather conditions, and the dangerous commute for both keepers and suppliers, the lighthouse was nicknamed "Terrible Tilly" (or Tillie). Over the years, storms have damaged the lighthouse, shattered the lens, and eroded the rock. It was decommissioned in 1957, and has since been sold to private owners. It is now an unofficial columbarium, and is privately owned. The light is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and is part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. It is visible from the coastal cities of Seaside, Cannon Beach, as well as from Ecola State Park.
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  • You can see this from shore. It appears that it used to be a light house but now is a place for rich people's dead bodies. At least a guy told me that. It looks cool from shore. Worth seeing. 
  • Really cool place. You can see it best from The Ecola State park but you can see it from Cannon Beach just not as well. The history of how it was build and how the rock was leveled is really interesti...  read more »
  • Read the history on the lighthouse! Though you can't get to it you can get great pictures from Ecola. 
  • Look up stories about this place, quite interesting! I won't give it away here just read up... The view from the shore is actually really nice, swimming there might be a challenge but I know poeple who have done it so...
  • Awesome to look at. I'd love to visit the light house too.
  • It's awesome to look at, but not a fun swim, at all
  • I swam to it and died.
  • it is a cold, hard swim.
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