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Name: Cape Blanco Light (OR)  

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Nearest Town or City:
Sixes, Oregon, United States

Location: Southern Oregon coast.


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Managing Organization:
Bureau of Land Management/Friends of Cape Blanco

Telephone: 541-332-0248

Website: http://www.blm.gov/or/resources/heritage/culcapeblanco.htm

Notes:
This is Oregon's oldest lighthouse tower. The Friends of Cape Blanco work for the preservation of this lighthouse, which is leased by the Coast Guard to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. A $220,000 restoration was completed in 2003. To reach the Friends of Cape Blanco, write to: PO Box 285, Sixes, OR 97476.

Tower Height: 59

Height of Focal Plane: 245

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 20 seconds.

Description of Tower: White. conical brick tower.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Duplex house, garage, communications building, visitor center.

Date Established: 1870

Date Present Tower Built: 1870

Date Automated: 1980

Optics: 1870: First order Fresnel lens; 1936: Second order Fresnel lens (still in use).

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Yes.

Directions:
Cape Blanco is about five miles northwest of Port Orford and 60 miles north of the Oregon/California border. Guided tours of the tower and lantern room are available every day (except Mondays, other than Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day) from April through October from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Keepers: Harvey B. Burnap (1870-1874); Nathan Cook (first assistant keeper, 1870-1873); Joseph Bond (second assistant keeper, 1870-1873); Charles W. Tracey (first assistant keeper, 1873-1874); Elam Bond (second assistant keeper, 1873-1874); Charles W. Tracey (1874); John J. McBride (second assistant keeper, 1874-1875); William H. Sullivan (second assistant keeper, 1875-1876); Charles H. Pierce [S. P. Pierce?] (1874-1883); Elam Bond (first assistant keeper, 1874-1875); John J. McBride (first assistant keeper, 1875); Charles E. Geiger (first assistant keeper, 1875-1876); James Langlois (first assistant keeper, 1876-1883); James W. Crew (first assistant keeper, 1883-1884); James S. Langlois (1883-1918); August Miller (first assistant keeper, 1884-1888); Thomas Coats (second assistant keeper, 1876-1877); Frank M. Plummer (second assistant keeper, 1877-1878); Frank T. Meyers (second assistant keeper, 1878); Chandler F. Smart (second assistant keeper, 1878-1880); John P. Goodman (first assistant keeper, 1888-1889); James W. Crew (second assistant keeper, 1880-1883); August Miller (second assistant keeper, 1884); Edward Scannell (second assistant keeper, 1884-1886); John P. Goodman (second assistant keeper, 1886-1887); Anthony W. Miller (second assistant keeper, 1887-1888); James S. Hughes (second assistant keeper, 1888-1889); Thomas J. Stitt (second assistant keeper, 1890-1897); James S. Hughes (first assistant keeper, 1889-1918); Isadore P. Fahy (second assistant keeper, 1897-1901); Oscar Wiren (second assistant keeper, 1901-1903); William Denning; Mabel E. Bretherton (second assistant keeper, 1903-1906); Otto Heins (second assistant keeper, 1905-1907); Frederick Amundsen (c. 1905); James Hughes (?, served for 38 years); Ezra E. Marr (second assistant keeper, 1907-1912); Walter S. Bantz (second assistant keeper, 1913-1915); Ralph J. Nead (second assistant keeper, (second assistant keeper, 1915-1917); George E. McGinitie (first assistant keeper, 1918 –1919); James S. Hughes (1918-1926); William H. Taylor (second assistant keeper, 1919); Walter Mabin (first assistant keeper, 1921-1926); Raymond Bay (second assistant keeper, 1921); Eugene O. Hayward (first assistant keeper, 1926-1930); Walter Mabin (1926-1933); John B. Bray (second assistant keeper, 1926-1933); Frank H. Story (first assistant keeper, 1932-1933); Charles Mykol (first assistant keeper, 1933-1934); Orlo E. Hayward (1933-c. 1941); Albert G. Anderson (first assistant keeper, 1939-1950).

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