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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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  • Cape Blanco lighthouse was a beautiful scenic area. It had great coastal scenes, old homes, trails and a great view of the lighthouse. The road was paved all the way out to the point. There's plenty o...  more »
  • We so enjoyed visiting this precious gem of a lighthouse on Oregon's fine coast, near Port Ordford. The volunteers take great pride---as they well should--and provide great tours of the facilities and...  more »
  • It seems we always arrive on a Tuesday when they're not open. This trip we stayed over and visited on a Wednesday. Although the weather at the lighthouse was much colder and windier than the surroundi...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great Lighthouse with good stuff to purchase.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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