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Cape Blanco Lighthouse, Port Orford

Categories: Lighthouses, Tourist Spots
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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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  • As part of our visit to the state park, we drove all the way down to this lighthouse. It was otherworldly. You could tell you were someplace special. The views north and south down the coastline were ...  read more »
  • The day we went was somewhat wet and windy but this only added to the experience. Despite the weather we could see some way out to sea and what a rugged looking coast. The sign said that the Lighthous...  read more »
  • Well know place for wind stuck on an outcrop and high up. Therefore great views in all directions. Tours available, but passed as we had seen several lighthouses by them. The visitor centre is interes...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Great view, tour guides are very friendly. It's free to tour it and see the fresnel lens but they do take donations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I had some great memories living on the Coast Guard base there at Cape Blanco from 1969 thru 1972. Our mother took all 4 of us kids down to the beach often there. It looks like the duplex we lived in is gone now...
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