Tillamook Rock Light, Cannon Beach

Tillamook Rock Light is a deactivated lighthouse on the Oregon Coast of the United States. It is located approximately 1.2mi offshore from Tillamook Head, and 20mi south of the Columbia River, situated on less than an acre of basalt rock in the Pacific Ocean. The construction of the lighthouse was commissioned in 1878 by the United States Congress, and began in 1880. The construction took more than 500 days to finish, with its completion in January 1881. In early January 1881, when the lighthouse was near completion, the barque Lupatia was wrecked near the rock during inclement weather and sank, killing all 16 crew members.The Light was officially lit on January 21, 1881. At the time, it was the most expensive West Coast lighthouse ever built. Due to the erratic weather conditions, and the dangerous commute for both keepers and suppliers, the lighthouse was nicknamed "Terrible Tilly" (or Tillie). Over the years, storms have damaged the lighthouse, shattered the lens, and eroded the rock. It was decommissioned in 1957, and has since been sold to private owners. Until 1999, it was an unofficial columbarium, and is privately owned. The light is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and is part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. It is visible from the coastal cities of Seaside, Cannon Beach, as well as from Ecola State Park.
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  • Got to see it and take pictures on a really high tide with Big swells. Cool to see the waves crashing over the rocks around it!  more »
  • Can't miss an opportunity to take a picture of a lighthouse! This one you view from land. It is now a abandoned and is a wildlife refuge.  more »
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  • IT WAS AMAZING!! Thank you Garibaldi Charters! Mick, Terry and Misty, you made my day.
  • Easy walk to check the coast and the Tillamook Rock Light. We just stopped by for a short walk but saw ppl having picnic there. Views are pretty, and it’s not too far from the entrance. Parking is not too bad but could be crowded during the summer. Will come back with food and some cover to sit on the grass and chill there.

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