Cape Blanco Lighthouse, Port Orford

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Cape Blanco Light is a lighthouse located on Cape Blanco, Oregon, United States in Cape Blanco State Park.Construction of the lightIn a deed recorded in 1867, John D. and Mary West sold the United States a 47.3acre tract of land. The Light-House board determined that the offshore reef and islands at Cape Blanco were dangerous to maritime commerce; therefore, a lighthouse was authorized for construction.Over the next three years, the lighthouse was constructed under the direction of Lt. Col. Robert Stockton Williamson. Supplies were ordered and shipped to the cape. Bricks were deemed cheaper if made onsite, so a brickmaker was located and a deal was struck with Rancher Patrick Hughes for access to the required materials.KeepersMany keepers followed Burnap, the most notable were James Langlois and James Hughes who served as keepers for 42 and 38 years respectively. James Langlois raised a large family. James Hughes, son of neighboring rancher Patrick Hughes, raised two girls.For many years, Keeper Langlois requested additional housing for the station. With his large family, the Hughes family, and the other families that came and went, the duplex was just too crowded. His requests went unanswered until 1909 when Head Keepers' quarters were constructed.James Hughes found his own solution before the government responded. James owned land across the Sixes River from his father and quickly constructed a home for his family, moving from the lighthouse about the same time they finished additional lighthouse quarters. James continued to work at the lighthouse, commuting to assume his duties.
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  • September 25, 2017
    Sprinkled along the Oregon coastline are some of the most scenic lighthouses in the world. But Cape Blanco Lighthouse stands out not just because it is on the very Western edge of the continent, but a...  more »
  • September 11, 2017
    You can actually climb all the way to the top. Amazing views from up there. Very windy there, so you might want a light windbreaker. If you can't handle stairs, you can still enjoy it from the outside...  more »
  • September 10, 2017
    It's windy and the fog can come in at any time. But it's only $2 a person and worth the expense to go inside. Note: if you're pulling a trailer/rv, park at the gate and walk up. The road after the gat...  more »
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  • February 22, 2017
    This is a beautiful place to photograph! The staff is also quite helpful and friendly. The thing I didn't like is that they close very early (3:15pm, as I recall), and they shut the gate so no one can even get to the lighthouse by car. We had to go back on a subsequent day because we arrived too late. It was worth the return trip though.
  • July 7, 2017
    Great Lighthouse with good stuff to purchase.
  • July 24, 2016
    A beautiful location, warm and informative guides plus a 360 degree breathtaking view made the visit unforgettable. The close by secluded campground and pristine beaches complete a perfect Oregon experience.
  • July 26, 2016
    Neat lighthouse with a free tour. Very windy. There are also a few trails to get down to the beach. They are steeper than they look.
  • July 16, 2016
    This is one of the most amazing places on the coast, and probably one of the windiest! Spectacular views, and an opportunity to get up really close to the lens.

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