Tillamook Rock Light, Cannon Beach

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. Until 1999, it was 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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  • It's so iconic. It's fun to just stand there on the beach and imagine going out there, or being out there in a storm.  more »
  • You can see the lighthouse from Cannon Beach or Ecola State Park. Bring binoculars as it’s fairly far out and you can’t get close.  more »
  • It is the most dangerous lighthouse ever built, and to get on. Terrible Tilley is a well earn name since the ocean will dwarf the lighthouse. You can see from the beaches in Cannon Beach and the State...  more »
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  • Though a mile and a half off the coast, you can still get excellent views of the ocean, the light, few Sea lions and some surfing. Some views require a small hike (1\2 to 1\4 mile) but it's worth the effort, and the trial is well groomed.
  • Very cool to see even though you can't access unless you have a boat. The best spot to see it is the park directly east of the light house.
  • Went out with Liebert's Guide Service to rock fish. Caught tons of fish and got to see Old Tilly close up. Awesome experience for me and my family.
  • Very cool to see even though you can't go on to the island. You can see a lot of whales around and great place to do a picnic in the area where you see it from land.
  • This place is freaking AWESOME.
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