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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  • We made a stop here along our drive exploring the beautiful Oregon Coast and it was so worthwhile. Note that this lighthouse is located a fair distance from the highway so if you have the time and are...  more »
  • Stopped to check for whales migrating south. The weather was undesirable but we were able to spot a couple of spouts. The standout though was the lighthouse, spectacular! Highly recommend the side tri...  more »
  • ok to be fair, other lighthouses advertised to be open in october, but none were. this one was and we had a super tour guide, who let us stay for quite a while since not a lot of folks were around. it...  more »
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  • Wasn't well run, disorganized tours, not good for kids, oldest, but not most interesting. Nice views, in good condition. No rv parking close, one lane inbound road can be congested. Bring lots of patience for a bottle rocket experience. Good that it was cheap.
  • You must be interested in the inner workings of a lighthouse. One lane paved road with areas of gravel. Share the road with idiot bicyclists who ride 2mph in the exact center of the road making it impossible to go around them. There is a $2.00 tour charge and they take groups of five up at a time so they can bore you to death with how to keep the lenses clean without touching them etc.
  • 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.
  • Super neat and well worth the $2 fee to go up to the light.
  • Good to use

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