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.
sure to take some time and visit this beacon of history on the
southern Oregon Coast. This is a tremendous spot for
some family pictures! If you visit during normal hours
on weekdays, it is likely that you will get an opportunity to
take a glimpse inside.
Cape Blanco is located between mile post 296 and 297, six
miles off Highway 101. This is approximately four miles
north of Port Orford on the Oregon Coast.
* Nelson, Sharlene & Ted. Umbrella Guide to
Epicenter Press Inc. 1994.
Pictures by Dan Thomas