Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse - Oregon Coast Activities #5 from 101 Things To Do On The Oregon Coast

Tillamook Head Lighthouse

Oregon coast activities #5 - Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, "Terrible Tilly"

This is a series of 101 things to do on the Oregon Coast near Highway 101. In this series of blog posts, we'll focus on the areas which are within an easy drive or day trip from Sandlake Country Inn, our Oregon Coast bed and breakfast near Pacific City.  Our 101 things to do near Hwy 101 will be from Astoria down to Newport. Another thing to remember is that "the coast" is a region...not everything will be beach front.

The only lighthouse in Oregon that is inaccessible to travelers. Tillamook Head Lighthouse has a very interesting past which you can read more about here.  Building began in 1878 and because of the obvious risk involved, no local workers volunteer for the jobs. Men were hired who were unfamiliar with the area and sequested in the Cape Disappointment keepers' quarters until construction could begin, in hopes the locals would not scare them away! 

After 528 days of construction and many days of near death circumstances, the lighthouse light was lit.Terrible Tilly shone her light for 77 years until it was replaced by a red whistle buoy.

In 1959 the lighthouse was originally sold to a private party and after a few more sales over the years, was finally sold in 1980 to become Eternity at Sea Columbarium. Interested parties could have their ashes stored inside the lighthouse. In 1999, the owners lost their license to run a columbarium and it is reported that only about 30 urns have been placed there.  

Tillamook Head Lighthouse can best be seen from several view spots along Highway 101, but the best place is just north of Cannon Beach, exit west on Beach Loop. After 0.3 miles turn right on 5th Street and drive 0.15 miles to Ecola Park Road. Turn right on Ecola Park Road and follow it to Ecola State Park where the best land-based views of the lighthouse can be found. 

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Oregon Coast Activities #5 from 101 Things to do on the Oregon Coast
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Anonymous said...

I love that you are doing this "project"

Unknown said...

Thank you so much! Some of the places I'll be featuring I've never been to, so I get to broaden my knowledge and play tourist.