Cape Meares Lighthouse
Tillamook, Oregon
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Updated in September 2012
Name: Cape Meares Lighthouse
Nearest City: Tillamook, Oregon
Location: Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint, South entrance to Tillamook Bay
Body of water: Tillamook Bay & Pacific Ocean
Shape of lighthouse: Octagonal
Lens & Location: 1st Order Fresnel Lens in the lantern room
Lighthouse Website: Friends of Cape Meares Lighthouse
Organizations: Oregon Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society
Groups to join: United States Lighthouse Society
Owned by: United States Coast Guard
Managed by: Oregon State Parks
National Register of Historic Places: Since 1993
Do the grounds have lodging: No
Web Cams: No
On a license plate: No
On a USPS Stamp: No
Haunted: No
Facebook: Friends of Cape Meares Lighthouse

Other Lighthouse Information:
The Cape Meares lighthouse is in the Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint. The lighthouse is on a 217 foot high cliff. There is a steep but short walk down to the lighthouse from the parking lot. It is free to climb the lighthouse during the daily openings from April through October. Decades ago, four bull's eye prisms were stolen from the lens. In the mid-1980's three of the four prisms were recovered. Then on January 9, 2010, two men fired guns at the lantern room of the lighthouse. They broke 15 panes of glass and several prisms from the 1st Order Fresnel lens. The damage estimate was a half a million dollars. Luckily a month later they were caught and sentenced to jail. The Friends of Cape Meares Lighthouse and Wildlife Refuge, Inc., help preservation the lighthouse.

The Lighthouse Hunters Experience:
We walked the ¼ mile round trip in 2003. Since it had press board all around the lens we didn't take too many pictures. We were very disappointed that we didn't get to see the lens up close due to the restoration. The whole trip took a half hour.

Photographed it: June 10, 2003

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Latitude: 45.4864 Longitude: -123.9781

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Cape Meares Lighthouse
Photo taken on June 10, 2003
Cape Meares Lighthouse
Photo taken on June 10, 2003
Cape Meares Lighthouse
Photo taken on June 10, 2003
Cape Meares Lighthouse
Photo taken on June 10, 2003
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