Sunday, February 15, 2015

Lighthouse of the Week, Feb. 15-21, 2015: Cape Mears, Oregon

I was looking for uniqueness, and so I looked for Oregon's smallest lighthouse.  That was easy;  it was this one, the Cape Meares Lighthouse.  Like most lighthouses in Oregon, it's spectacularly situated on the Pacific Coast.

Some links about it:

Cape Meares Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge, Inc.

Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint

Cape Meares, OR (Lighthouse Friends)

From UNC;  Lighthouse of the United States:  Oregon

1890. Inactive since 1963. 40 ft (12 m) octagonal tower, brick sheathed in iron, attached to a workroom. Tower painted white, lantern black. The original 1st order Fresnel lens, vandalized after the lighthouse was decommissioned, was partially restored and is still mounted in the tower (one of the four bullseye prisms is missing). The keeper's house and other light station buildings were all demolished around 1968 after severe vandalism. The visitor center is a reconstruction (1978) of the original workroom.

Good view of the lens

Amazing site

Another good view of the lens at sunset

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