Cape Blanco Quick Facts
Year Station Established: 1870
Is the Light operational? Yes
Year Light First Lit: 1870
Year Automated: 1980
Tower Height: 59 ft.
Original Optic: 1st Order, Fresnel
Present Optic: 2nd Order, Fresnel
Existing Keepers Quarters? No
Cape Blanco Lighthouse
Port Orford, OR
(6 photos, 216KB total download)
Last Visited: May, 2003
(above photo scanned from a postcard. Check out More Photos below and read my personal notes and you'll understand why I'm using a postcard picture on this page)
Cape Blanco is a spur that stretches one and a half miles off the Oregon Coast. At the end of it, Cape Blanco's lighthouse sits majestically on a 200 foot cliff. It is no wonder this lighthouse was among the first built along this coastline. Heavy wind and rain are common to this area, and the rocky terrain below is very sharp and dangerous. There have been a few shipwrecks in years past in the waters below. One such tragedy off these shores was the steamship "South Portland" that claimed the lives of 21 people on a trip to San Francisco in the early 1900s.
This Lighthouse lit its lamp on December 20th, 1870. The first principal keeper was H. B. Burnap. He and two of his assistants were responsible for the lighthouse. As the years drifted by, there were a number of keepers of the Cape Blanco Lighthouse - there were also a number of terrific stories. One such story details a submarine that sat off the coastline and launched a float plane that used the lighthouse as a navigation tool for bombing runs.
Oregon & Washington Coast Guide
10:00am - 3:30pm, Thursday through Monday, April - October.
Just our luck, we drive all the way to Cape Blanco, see that the parking lot is empty (lucky us!), then see a sign saying that the lighthouse is closed. The "More Photos" slideshow link above shows our photos of the light tour surrounded by scaffolding.
Nearest Address: 91800 Cape Blanco Rd, Sixes, OR
- From Port Orford drive north on US101 and turn left on Cape Blanco Road (there are signs for the lighthouse).
- Take Cape Blanco Rd. to the end and park in the lot. The lighthouse is probably another 1/2 mile walk from the parking lot.
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