Oregon’s Cape Blanco Light Station turns 150 in 2020. Located south of Bandon, between Langlois and Port Orford, it’s the oldest lighthouse in continuous operation on the Oregon Coast.
Anniversary mementos and apparel are on sale online at the new Cape Blanco Heritage Society Etsy shop. Browse gift items such as mugs, totes and art prints. Apparel selections include hats, t-shirts and sweatshirts in multiple styles and colors.
The Cape Blanco light was lit for the first time on December 20, 1870. With the exception of cosmetic changes such as paint color, the lighthouse tower structure remains the same today as it was in 150 years ago. Over the years, the workroom at the base of the tower has been remodeled, and the lens has been replaced.
Cape Blanco State Park is open for day use. Visitors can walk park trails and the lighthouse grounds. Camping and indoor facilities remain closed. Similar COVID-19 restrictions are in effect at historic sites on the Oregon coast. Visit our Lighthouse itinerary page and follow links to state park lighthouse web pages for the latest public access information.
Article and photo by Geneva Miller.