Thursday, July 9, 2009

Cape Meares Light House, Oregon

One of the three lighthouses
we vistited on our Oregon Coast Vacation

A short lighthouse but still shined
its light up to 21 miles out to sea


The lighthouse light lens...

A view out the window to the Ocean

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The Cape Meares Lighthouse resides 200 feet above the Pacific Ocean just beside steep cliffs. This lighthouse doesn't offer many stories of peril like its sister lighthouses on the Oregon coast.

On January 1, 1890 Cape Meares was lit by Anthony Miller (the first principal keeper) and his two assistants. At this time, the lighthouse consisted of a fire-wick kerosene lamp and an eight-paneled lens that had both red and clear panels to create a red flash every minute. Cape Meares' light could be seen for 21 miles.

The story of Cape Meares reads much like "Little House on the Prairie." A number of families took care of this lighthouse through its years. Cape Meares Lighthouse experienced weddings, childbirth, and one death. A keeper, and new father, by the name of George Hunt became sick and died from severe pneumonia on July 10, 1903. While tending a lighthouse may seem like a fun job, it comes with a price. Most lighthouses, including Cape Meares, were a good distance and difficult journey from the rest of civilization.

In 1963 the original lens was replaced by a flashing light. The lighthouse no longer needed someone's careful eye. A few years after this, the Oregon State Parks took control of the area. You can now view the lighthouse by visiting Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint. The parking lot you will use was once the keeper's dwelling and barn. The path you follow down to the lighthouse is the same path that the keepers once used.

12 comments:

Carolyn said...

Barb this is a informative post with wonderful photos, your watery Wednesday is also very beautiful. We have one of the last manned lighthouses in North America at the northwest corner of Haida Gwaii. It currently has a young family of three living there and there idea of coming out to the "city" twice a year is either going home to family on Vancouver Island or coming to Queen Charlotte (population 984!) Thank you for sharing and I will be back to read more from your blog. Have a great weekend.
Smiles

Linnea W said...

I love lighthouses and this one is a beauty, especially against that deep blue sky. Interesting info, too.

Babooshka said...

Your lighthouse is a lot cleaner than ours. Love the angles you got.

highlandwriter said...

love the lighthouse pics. especially looking out the window to the sea...

:-)

syel said...

an informative post. a very lovely lighthouse indeed. thanks for sharing.

Lily Hydrangea said...

gorgeous lighthouse & view! you look so content & happy in your lovely banner photo too!

Happily Retired Gal said...

I love visiting lighthouses along the California coast ... so your post gives me another 'destination' somewhere down the road. Lovely perspectives in each of your beautiful photos ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

freegal1000 said...

Oh, I really love lighthouses! This is a great series and I especially love the composition in each of your shots. Happy SWF!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Gorgeous pure blue skies!

Jientje said...

What a great series, I love lighthouses, and I'm hoping to see some when I visit Portland, Oregon.

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Roger said...

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Laurie said...

I love lighthouses and this one is just so charming.