Cape Meares Lighthouse

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Cape Meares Lighthouse Jul 06, 2012
Cape Meares has a nice lighthouse in a beautiful area (Three Capes) near Tillamook. It operated from 1890-1963 and protected the coast which was notorious for its mud at low tide. The lens was made in Paris, France and is a first order Fresnel. Unfortunately, there were an unfortunate incident many years where some teenagers shot at the lighthouse and damaged many of the panels. There are still bullet holes you can see today.

There is also an "Octopus Tree", a Spruce with a 50-foot base with tentacles like branches growing up out of it. It was an "Indian Ceremonial Tree" and was often a gathering place of the tribes.

We quite enjoyed our visit. The lighthouse tour was great and educational. You need to get timed tickets (free) and someone explains the history and lighthouse to you. I found it interesting that each lighthouse has it's own unique signature of light pulses so you can tell them apart. The octopus tree is also very cool.
Cape Meares Lighthouse
Scenic view from the park
Octopus Tree
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