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Cape Blanco Lighthouse - $4.95

Oregon's oldest continuously working lighthouse and its southern-most major beacon. Radiating from a lofty headland, the brilliant white light shines from the highest point (245 feet above sea level) of any navigational aid in the Beaver State. Cape Blanco is north-west of the small, quiet seaside town of Port Orford on the southern Oregon coast.

Cape Blanco Light House, Port Orford, Oregon

Cape Blanco Lighthouse

 

Cape Blanco (1870)... Imposing Cape Blanco Light merits superlatives. It is Oregon's oldest continuously working lighthouse and its southernmost major beacon. Radiating from a lofty headland, the brilliant white light shines from the highest point (245 feet above sea level) of any navigational aid in the Beaver State. Cape Blanco is noprth-west of the small, quiet seaside town of Port Orford on the southern Oregon coast.


The first order Fresnel lens with its one-million candlepower flashes could be seen from 22 miles at sea.


Cape Blanco odelOregon's oldest, was first activated in 1870 and continues to operate to the present day. The 59-foot white conical tower stands on a high cliff 245 feet above sea level just north of Port Orford. Cape Blanco is Oregon's highest sentinel on the most westerly point in the continental United States and can be seen from 22 miles.


Today, only the tower remains of the original station buildings and the lighthouse has been renovated to pristine condition thanks to a small army of enthusiastic volunteers. There's a small museum and historical display at the entrance . During the summer months the lighthouse is open to visitors with free guided tours...BUT only on Thursday through Sunday.


The first lighting of the Cape Blanco light occurred December 20th 1870. It was the third light for the Oregon Coast,however the first two have long been gone and Cape Blanco stillstands with it's record of continuously showing the safe passageof ships from that date to this.

The light has been absent forsome months as the renovations of this light that have been goingon since September 2002 made it necessary to disassemble and removeit for repairs of it and the tower.

 

The class 2 eight segmentsbulls eye revolving lens, that replaced the original lenses in1934, has undergone extensive refurbrushing and awaits the instillationof the new roof before being reconstructed back into the towerand once again re-lighted. the tower is being repainted and structuresreinforced to repair the cracks in the towers upper wall thatthreatened collapse.

All the windows are being replaced in thetower to complete the water leak repairs. the greeting centeris now open and regular tours should start in a few weeks whenrepairs are compleated. Frank Cramer Port Orford, Oregon

 

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